CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More South Carolina schools are reaching top ranking according to 2011 state report cards released Thursday morning.
The Charleston County School District's growth rating jumped from below average to excellent in the report and its absolute rating increased from average to good. The district's graduation rate also went up 5 percent to 72 percent this year.
There are now 30 schools in the district listed as excellent. The new schools in that ranking include Fort Johnson Middle School, Garrett Academy and Military Magnet.
Across the state's more than 1,100 schools, 19 percent improved their overall rating while 6 percent posted worse ratings.
Officials say more school districts are proving the challenges of poverty can be overcome.
At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Nancy McGinley, principals and district leaders will talk to reporters about the new report cards.