EASLEY, SC 10/19/22 12:00 PM — We reached out to the School District of Pickens County Director of Communications Darian Byrd asking for a statement regarding the SC School Report Card that came out on Monday, October 17, 2022.
Press release from SDPC in response to the SC School Report Card
Here is the text from the SDPC press release:
PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOLS SHOW IMPROVEMENT ON
SC SCHOOL REPORT CARDS
The South Carolina Department of Education released its 2021-2022 School Report cards today, showing
every school in the School District of Pickens County scoring “Average” or better ratings.
The report card assigns ratings of Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, and Unsatisfactory. Of the 22
SDPC schools measured, four were rated Excellent, 10 were rated Good, and eight were rated Average.
The SC Department of Education defines an Average rating as: “school performance meets the criteria to
ensure all students meet the Profile of the SC Graduate.” Excellent and Good ratings indicate that schools
exceed the criteria.
“SC School Report Cards provide tremendous feedback to us in several different areas.,” said Dr. Danny
Merck, SDPC Superintendent. “We have always maintained a long run approach instead of reacting to one
quarter, one semester or one year of data. However, we acknowledge so many areas of positive academic
performance with achievement and growth. Along with the areas of positive gains, we accept the challenge
of improving as well. We remain extremely grateful for the tremendous work in each of our schools. We are
committed to a teachable attitude and continuous improvement no matter what.”
“These report card results give us very specific feedback about our areas of strength and weakness,” said
Sharon Sharkey, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. “As a district, we are moving in a
direction of creating a framework for all schools and students in SDPC through Response to Intervention
(RTI). Over the next five years, we will incrementally create alignment for our students with a clear path for
monitoring individual students’ growth to better prepare our students for the future.”
A school-by-school listing of overall report card scores is below. School report cards can be reviewed in
detail at screportcards.com.
The Easley Citizen will continue to communicate with SDPC about this report. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.