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44 S.C. schools identified for improvement

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The S.C. Department of Education has released the first list of 44 Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools as required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

The release of the list comes on the heels of the school report cards that the education department released last month.

Under the act, the department is required to identify schools that need additional support and improvement based on certain criteria, including any Title I school that falls into the bottom 5% of all schools when separated by school type and any high school with a graduation rate of less than 70%. Schools are identified every three years.

Charleston County School District, one of the largest districts in the state, topped the list with nine schools identified for intervention, followed by the S.C. Public Charter School District, which had five schools identified. Greenville County Schools, the largest school district in the state, had one school on the list.

Schools identified for improvement are provided with a needs assessment and a state transformation coach. Schools are also required to use the S.C. School Improvement Framework and evidence-based interventions, two documents created by the education department to improve lagging schools, and they receive additional federal and state funding to be used specifically for improvement.

Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools are defined as Title I schools performing at or below the fifth percentile of all Title I schools in the state or any high school with a graduation rate below 70%. CSI schools are identified every three years, as mandated by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. This map breaks down 44 schools identified in South Carolina by school district. (Map/Patrick Hoff)

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