COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - A shocking number of elementary and middle schools in South Carolina aren't making the grade.
Education officials say just 27 percent of 908 schools made Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP. Last year, 61 percent made AYP.
They say the dramatic drop is due to goals under the federal No Child Left Behind law becoming harder to reach.
Charleston County, Berkeley County, and Dorchester District 2 all met more than 90 percent of their federal goals, but districts must meet all of the benchmarks to make AYP.
State Education Superintendent Mick Zais says the scores are demoralizing to educators who work hard to improve schools.
He says they end up being marked as failing for missing as few as one of up to 37 different benchmarks.
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