South Carolina
Public School Ratings



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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: 2017 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   Only NeighborhoodScout gives you nationally comparable school ranks based on test scores, so you can directly compare the quality of schools in any location. Read more

Overview

Public Schools Overview South Carolina School Districts by City
Number Of Students 771,250
Number Of South Carolina Schools 1,262
Number Of South Carolina School Districts 101
Spending Per Student $12,130

State Test Scores (No Child Left Behind Tests)

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

Reading/English Language Arts Tests Reading Proficiency
3rd Grade 42.1578713827787
4th Grade 40.9036221912978
5th Grade 38.2396165885109
6th Grade 39.4903497453928
7th Grade 36.2227135808881
8th Grade 39.9486743702934
10th Grade 69.8377265645287

Math Test

Math Tests Math Proficiency
3rd Grade 52.433145317736
4th Grade 46.5409937670296
5th Grade 40.7545227041502
6th Grade 41.7728935301585
7th Grade 34.1011841080239
8th Grade 35.2119352116333
10th Grade 65.6333056349

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 53.3% 50.6%
Black 35.2% 16.0%
Hispanic 9.4% 26.5%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 1.6% 5.4%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 0.5% 1.5%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 66.3% 48.4%
English Language Learners 5.7% 9.3%
Students With Disabilities 13.4% 13.3%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

Class Size
AVG FOR STATE 15.18
AVG FOR NATION 16.50

South Carolina Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 5,024,369 325,719,178
Population Density (per sq. mile) 165 91
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 5.9% 6.2%
5-19 Years Old 19.2% 19.4%
20-44 Years Old 32.2% 33.4%
45-64 Years Old 26.4% 26.1%
65 Or Older 16.3% 14.9%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 1,871,307 117,430,281
Single Parent Households With Children 11.9% 10.9%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 86.5% 87.3%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 27.0% 30.9%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 7.4% 12.2%
$100,000 - $149,999 11.5% 14.1%
$75,000 - $99,999 11.8% 12.3%
$50,000 - $74,999 18.3% 17.6%
$30,000 - $49,999 19.9% 17.7%
$15,000 - $29,999 17.1% 14.5%
$15,000 or less 14.0% 11.5%

Education Expenditures

For The State Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $5,533 $4,267,597,209 45.6%
Support Expenditures
Student $810 $624,827,308 6.7%
Staff $611 $471,133,701 5.0%
General Administration $103 $79,360,510 0.8%
School Administration $647 $498,964,119 5.3%
Operation $975 $752,315,821 8.0%
Transportation $436 $336,482,498 3.6%
Other $391 $301,661,896 3.2%
Total Support $3,974 $3,064,745,977 32.8%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,623 $2,023,206,067 21.6%
Total Expenditures $12,130 $9,355,634,652 100.0%
For The Nation Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $7,187 $370,071,182,734 52.0%
Support Expenditures
Student $632 $32,552,249,701 4.6%
Staff $522 $26,871,170,551 3.8%
General Administration $218 $11,205,514,316 1.6%
School Administration $643 $33,118,729,386 4.7%
Operation $1,057 $54,423,429,117 7.7%
Transportation $497 $25,596,058,378 3.6%
Other $416 $21,407,079,047 3.0%
Total Support $3,984 $205,172,626,109 28.9%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,638 $135,865,864,952 19.1%
Total Expenditures $13,810 $711,111,010,069 100.0%