Community Engagement Committee re-launches

TCCC is seeking to engage the tri-county community in a more meaningful way and has re-launched the Community Engagement Committee. Using equity as the foundation of the work, the committee met on Sept. 27. Thank you to all those who attended and participated in the meeting!

To learn more and join the committee, contact LaTisha Vaughn-Brandon, TCCC’s Director of Networks and Community Engagement, at LaTisha@TriCountyCradleToCareer.org.

Register by Oct. 19 for the Conrad Challenge

The world needs more creative thinkers! Register with the Conrad Challenge by October 19 to be part of the one-of-a-kind competition changing the world.

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, multi-phase innovation and entrepreneurial competition that brings together students from across the world to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world. The 2018-2019 competition has officially launched inviting student teams (2-5 members, age 13-18) to register by Friday, October 19 at 11:59 p.m. ET and share their investor pitches by November 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Student teams must consist of a minimum of two members with a maximum of five, between the ages of 13-18 years old.

Don’t miss your chance to share your ideas with the world! Visit www.conradchallenge.org to learn more.

Editorial: South Carolina needs an education revolution

Thanks to The Post and Courier for this strong editorial about the need for an education revolution in South Carolina!

“There’s no getting around it. South Carolina suffers from a legacy of segregation and extreme poverty, thus its public schools consistently rank among the worst in the nation,” the editorial says. “Bold action is needed.”

Read the editorial: https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/sc-needs-an-education-revolution/article_90c2b0da-bdba-11e8-bf6b-73a71bd1d118.html

Third grade reading, math proficiency rates show modest increases across tri-county region

Year-end test results released this week by the S.C. Department of Education show year-over-year increases in third grade reading and math and eighth grade math proficiencies across the tri-county region. Eighth grade reading proficiency levels declined slightly from 2016-2017 to 2017-2018.

At the third-grade level, 50.8 percent of tri-county students met or exceeded grade-level reading standards on the 2017-2018 SC READY test, a 6.5 percent increase from third grade results the prior year. On the math assessment, 57.1 percent of third graders met or exceeded standards, a less than 1 percent year-over-year increase.

At the eighth-grade level, 43.7 percent of tri-county students met or exceeded grade-level reading standards, a 3.7 percent decline from the 2016-2017 school year. On the math assessment, 40.3 percent of eighth graders met or exceeded standards, a 1.8 percent year-over-year increase.

Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative closely tracks third and eighth grade test results, in particular, because those years are important indicators of later success. Third grade results can predict a child’s likelihood to graduate from high school, and eighth grade results are directly tied to college and career readiness.

“While year-end assessments and year-over-year comparisons have limited value over the short term in determining progress, these third-grade proficiency scores are encouraging,” TCCC CEO John C. Read said. “If, over the longer term, a pattern of moderate gains in proficiency can be sustained, especially in the early grades, education attainment will almost certainly increase.”

When broken down by race, the SC READY test results continue to show substantial disparity gaps among tri-county students.

In third-grade reading, for instance, 68.2 percent of White students met or exceed expectations, while only 32.2 percent of Hispanic students and 27.6 percent of Black students did the same. Similarly, in eighth-grade math, 56.3 percent of White students met or exceeded expectations, while just 28.1 percent of Hispanic students and 16.6 percent of Black students did the same.

“The disparity in results that separate students on the basis of color appears to have worsened somewhat across the region, an indication that public education is not yet serving these children well,” Read said. “Student growth measures, however, are far more useful in determining progress than these year-end scores.”

The S.C. Department of Education released state, district and school-level data for end-of-year tests from the 2017-2018 school year. Tri-county data include results from Berkeley County School District, Charleston County School District, Dorchester School District Two and Dorchester School District Four.

Test results were based on the SC READY assessments, which were given to all S.C. students in third through eighth grades. The tests are intended to measure overall student performance and college-and-career ready standards in core content areas.

Reading volunteers needed

Meeting Street Elementary @Brentwood is looking for volunteers to join their Read365 program.

Volunteers are needed from 2:10 to 3:10 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Volunteers will be paired with either one or two students for hour-long sessions each week.

Email Elizabeth Coulton at ecoulton@beemok.com to learn more!