Our Data Sources

The Core Indicators and performance measures used to our track progress were selected on the basis that they are consistently available over time; produced by trusted sources; understood by local stakeholders; and actionable and results-oriented.

For the Core Indicators associated with K-12, the data reflect the weighted averages for students from all four public school districts serving the tri-county area.

Student demographics of racial/ethnic background and income are provided by the S.C. Department of Education (SCDOE). Because there is insufficient data on children of some racial/ethnic backgrounds, references in this report are limited to Black, White and Hispanic children. Students identified as lower income are those who have qualified for free or reduced priced meals based upon household income at or below 185% of the federal poverty line – roughly $44,123 for a family of 4 (2014).

Postsecondary indicators include students pursuing and/or completing two-year or four-year undergraduate degrees or certificates from private and public non-profit institutions of higher education (IHEs).

As South Carolina continues to refine subject and grade level standards, state-mandated student assessments measuring proficiency also continue to change. Changes to the assessments make year-to-year comparisons difficult and can expose students and educators to a constant state of flux.

Selected Student Assessments: Academic Years 2013-2017

Purpose 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Kindergarten Readiness None mCLASS:Circle DRA 2nd Edition Plus DRA 2nd Edition Plus
3rd & 8th Grade Reading and Math SC PASS ACT Aspire SC READY SC READY
11th Grade College Readiness Not applicable ACT ACT ACT
11th Grade Workforce Readiness Not applicable ACT Work Keys ACT Work Keys ACT Work Keys