COLUMBIA, SC (AP/WCSC) - More of South Carolina's public schools and districts received "excellent" ratings again this year, as test scores and the graduation rate improved.
The state Department of Education released data Friday showing that 50 of the state's 82 districts achieved the top two ratings of "excellent" or "good" on 2013 state report cards. That compares to 42 last year.
In the Tri-County, Dorchester District 2 kept the pedal to the metal.
Students worked hard in DD2 this past year propelling the school to it's second straight "Excellent" rating in the Absolute Rating category. The district was also awarded an "Excellent" rating in Growth rating category, that measure's student performance over time.
Dorchester District 4 received "Average" ratings in both categories mentioned above. However, the district's on time graduation rate of 78 percent is slightly higher than the South Carolina average.
More than 43,000 students in Charleston County were awarded a "Good" rating in the Absolute rating category. But students didn't stack up the same as they did last year, receiving only an "Average" rating in that category. The graduation rate in Charleston County schools came in just under the state average at 76.9 percent.
Finally, Berkeley County schools were on par with the state average for on-time graduations. However, the district was given a "Below Average" rating for how their students measured up to their performance over time.
That's the first "Below Average" rating the Berkeley County school district received in either category in the last two years.
As a state on the whole, on-time graduation rate improved to 77.5 percent, up 2.6 percentage points from last year's numbers.