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South Carolina Public Schools

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 2016 – 2017 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2015
  • Educational Environment: 2016 (latest available). Updated annually.

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Overview

Public Schools Overview South Carolina School Districts by City
Number Of Students 763,533
Number Of South Carolina Schools 1,260
Number Of South Carolina School Districts 99
Spending Per Student $11,348

State Test Scores (No Child Left Behind Tests)

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

Reading/English Language Arts Tests Reading Proficiency
3rd Grade 42.0524991041109
4th Grade 40.8591534930488
5th Grade 38.15710115212
6th Grade 39.4149948871967
7th Grade 35.9858399536295
8th Grade 39.8240566569712
10th Grade 32.1208618668317

Math Test

Math Tests Math Proficiency
3rd Grade 52.4475905504369
4th Grade 46.3064469889592
5th Grade 39.8459660047807
6th Grade 41.2278023609468
7th Grade 32.9805330386462
8th Grade 34.2388444621627
10th Grade 22.4100460422299

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 53.6% 51.5%
Black 35.7% 16.2%
Hispanic 8.8% 26.2%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 1.5% 5.2%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 0.3% 1.0%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 59.9% 47.6%
English Language Learners 5.6% 9.2%
Students With Disabilities 13.3% 12.9%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

Class Size
AVG FOR STATE 15.21
AVG FOR NATION 16.54

South Carolina Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 4,961,119 323,127,513
Population Density (per sq. mile) 163 90
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 6.0% 6.2%
5-19 Years Old 19.2% 19.6%
20-44 Years Old 32.5% 33.5%
45-64 Years Old 26.6% 26.2%
65 Or Older 15.8% 14.5%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 1,839,041 116,495,918
Single Parent Households With Children 12.1% 11.1%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 86.0% 86.9%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 26.5% 30.3%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 6.7% 11.2%
$100,000 - $149,000 10.9% 13.5%
$75,000 - $99,999 11.5% 12.2%
$50,000 - $74,999 18.2% 17.7%
$30,000 - $49,999 20.3% 18.2%
$15,000 - $29,999 17.7% 15.1%
$15,000 or less 14.7% 12.1%

Education Expenditures

For The State Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $5,253 $4,011,215,057 46.3%
Support Expenditures
Student $734 $560,740,805 6.5%
Staff $560 $427,587,047 4.9%
General Administration $96 $73,304,095 0.8%
School Administration $595 $454,503,652 5.2%
Operation $927 $707,883,940 8.2%
Transportation $381 $291,268,692 3.4%
Other $339 $258,562,184 3.0%
Total Support $3,633 $2,773,826,818 32.0%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,461 $1,879,432,573 21.7%
Total Expenditures $11,348 $8,664,517,194 100.0%
For The Nation Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $6,336 $324,841,513,788 51.7%
Support Expenditures
Student $572 $29,350,053,799 4.7%
Staff $471 $24,151,307,291 3.8%
General Administration $200 $10,266,593,644 1.6%
School Administration $587 $30,091,720,454 4.8%
Operation $1,010 $51,800,394,937 8.2%
Transportation $464 $23,797,624,893 3.8%
Other $368 $18,843,845,750 3.0%
Total Support $3,673 $188,301,671,729 30.0%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,243 $114,972,145,768 18.3%
Total Expenditures $12,251 $628,114,952,936 100.0%