DARLINGTON — State school and district report cards show Darlington County School District (DCSD) students made gains in many areas.

The State Department of Education released the report cards Oct. 1.

Superintendent Dr. Tim Newman said end-of-year testing from the 2018-2019 school year shows clear improvements in the district’s student achievement.

“I am pleased that the state’s measurements, as reflected in the annual report cards, show the hard work that our teachers and administrators are doing to help our students be more successful,” Newman said. “I am confident that the internal systems we have put into place to monitor student achievement and growth throughout the year are confirming the true successes in our classrooms.”

Newman said the district’s emphasis on classroom teaching is paying dividends. “The intentional focus we have on daily teaching produces data on a regular basis that allows us to monitor and adjust our practices to meet the needs of our students,” he said. “As part of our internal measurements, we’re looking at the actual scores on these tests to determine the growth shown by our students.”

The South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessments (SC Ready) are statewide assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. They are the end-of-the year gauges used to check students’ understanding. The SC Ready tests are also significant factors in the report card ratings.

Newman noted that all but one of 13 schools in DCSD that administered the SC Ready examinations in ELA and mathematics saw gains over the previous year. Similarly, all four district high schools saw improvement in English 1 and algebra end-of-course testing, as well as increased high school graduation rates.

“We believe these indicators are the true representation for measuring our students’ successes and are reflective of the day-to-day classroom focus and achievement, regardless of how the items may be portrayed on a report card,” Newman said.

Listed below are the absolute ratings given by the state for the district’s schools. Also listed in parenthesis are last year’s absolute ratings along with the change in numerical values of those ratings when compared to last year’s report card.

Brockington Elementary Magnet School — Below Average, (Below Average), improved three points

Brunson-Dargan Elementary School — Average, (Below Average), improved nine points

Carolina Elementary School — Good, (Average), improved nine points

Darlington High School — Average, (Average), improved seven points

Darlington Middle School — Good, (Average), improved six points

Hartsville High School — Good, (Average), improved three points

Hartsville Middle School — Good, (Good), improved one point

Lamar High School — Excellent, (Good), improved seven points

Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology — Excellent, (Excellent), remained the same

North Hartsville Elementary School — Good, (Below Average), improved 19 points

Rosenwald Elementary School — Below Average, (Below Average), improved four points

Rosenwald Middle School — Below Average, (Average), decreased eight points

Spaulding Elementary School — Average, (Average), decreased three points

Spaulding Middle School — Excellent, (Excellent), improved three points

St. John’s Elementary School — Good, (Below Average), improved 17 points

Thornwell School for the Arts — Unsatisfactory, (Unsatisfactory), improved eight points

West Hartsville Elementary School — Good, (Below Average), improved 22 points

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