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Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Test data: Reflects 2015 – 2016 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2015
  • Educational Environment: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

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Overview

Public Schools Overview South Carolina School Districts by City
Number Of Students 756,523
Number Of South Carolina Schools 1,248
Number Of South Carolina School Districts 100
Spending Per Student $11,453

State Test Scores (No Child Left Behind Tests)

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

Reading/English Language Arts Tests Reading Proficiency
3rd Grade 57.7677435595095
4th Grade 49.1358501314927
5th Grade 47.7722984386489
6th Grade 52.6664599643951
7th Grade 36.1923045361717
8th Grade 31.977034580153
10th Grade 86.3961283112692

Math Test

Math Tests Math Proficiency
3rd Grade 57.7677435595095
4th Grade 49.1358501314927
5th Grade 47.7722984386489
6th Grade 52.6664599643951
7th Grade 36.1923045361717
8th Grade 31.977034580153
10th Grade 86.3961283112692

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 53.9% 52.0%
Black 36.0% 16.2%
Hispanic 8.2% 25.6%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 1.5% 5.1%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 0.3% 1.0%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 55.6% 50.9%
English Language Learners 5.6% 9.1%
Students With Disabilities 13.1% 13.0%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

Class Size
AVG FOR STATE 15.29
AVG FOR NATION 16.15

South Carolina Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 4,896,146 321,418,820
Population Density (per sq. mile) 161 90
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 6.1% 6.3%
5-19 Years Old 19.4% 19.8%
20-44 Years Old 32.7% 33.5%
45-64 Years Old 26.7% 26.3%
65 Or Older 15.2% 14.1%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 1,815,094 115,879,889
Single Parent Households With Children 12.4% 11.2%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 85.6% 86.6%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 25.8% 29.7%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 6.2% 10.5%
$100,000 - $149,000 10.5% 13.2%
$75,000 - $99,999 11.2% 12.1%
$50,000 - $74,999 18.1% 17.8%
$30,000 - $49,999 20.4% 18.5%
$15,000 - $29,999 18.3% 15.5%
$15,000 or less 15.2% 12.4%

Education Expenditures

For The State Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $5,302 $4,011,215,057 46.3%
Support Expenditures
Student $741 $560,740,805 6.5%
Staff $565 $427,587,047 4.9%
General Administration $97 $73,304,095 0.8%
School Administration $601 $454,503,652 5.2%
Operation $936 $707,883,940 8.2%
Transportation $385 $291,268,692 3.4%
Other $342 $258,562,184 3.0%
Total Support $3,667 $2,773,826,818 32.0%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,484 $1,879,432,573 21.7%
Total Expenditures $11,453 $8,664,517,194 100.0%
For The Nation Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $6,487 $324,898,990,964 51.7%
Support Expenditures
Student $587 $29,383,130,681 4.7%
Staff $483 $24,167,878,083 3.8%
General Administration $205 $10,285,419,511 1.6%
School Administration $601 $30,113,641,000 4.8%
Operation $1,035 $51,821,442,969 8.2%
Transportation $475 $23,793,258,876 3.8%
Other $376 $18,849,723,887 3.0%
Total Support $3,762 $188,414,761,533 30.0%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,296 $114,973,102,384 18.3%
Total Expenditures $12,545 $628,286,465,973 100.0%