South Carolina High School Graduation Rates

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It is hard to get a straight answer when it comes to questions about graduates and dropouts in South Carolina’s public schools.

A recent report indicates that in the senior class of 2008-09, only 42,947 (or 66.3% of those enrolled in 9th grade four years earlier) graduated public high school with an earned diploma. In other words, 1-in-3 students (or 122 pupils each day) dropped out, were held back, or failed to complete the full diploma requirements

Already some in the media are raising questions about the validity of so-called “statewide gains” and the wide disparity between numbers cited by Jim Rex, those reported in the Education Week report, and the figures publicly available on the US Department of Education’s website.

The State Newspaper (6/9) reported:

The on-time graduation rate reported by Education Week and the State Department of Education differ, and there’s no clear consensus on why.

The Anderson Independent Mail (6/9) reported:

…But, those [Education Week] figures are misleading, said Jim Foster, spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Education. The graduation rates in Education Week are estimates that over the years have resulted in disparities from one report to the next, he said.

The Greenwood Today (6/9) reported:

The graduation figures in the Education Week publication, seen as a national standard for K12 education policy and assessment, vary greatly from higher numbers released by the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Attention is also being drawn to that fact that South Carolina has not released district-specific graduation levels since the 2004-05 school year for the federal government’s uniform rankings. In that 2004-05 school year, the statewide graduation rate was 52.23%.

The graduation rate varied from 87% in York District 4 to 29% in Lee County School District.

Thankfully, these figures can be found in Common Core of Data section of the US DOE website.

Below is a district-by-district list of enrollment and diplomas numbers for the South Carolina public high school class of 2005 drawn from the Federally reported data (again, this is the most recent year for which detailed data -not estimates and averages- is available):

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE TOTALS

64,027 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

38,657 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

33,439 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

52.23% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

ABBEVILLE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

348 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

211 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

203 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

58.33% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

AIKEN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

2,226 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

1,329 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

1,153 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

51.80% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

ALLENDALE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

199 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

81 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

69 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

34.67% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

ANDERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 01

690 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

488 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

425 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

61.59% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

ANDERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

331 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

204 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

188 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

56.80% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

ANDERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03

239 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

108 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

101 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

42.26% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

ANDERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 04

219 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

155 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

135 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

61.64% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

ANDERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 05

1,151 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

671 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

592 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

51.43% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

BAMBERG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 01

132 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

95 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

80 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

60.61% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

BAMBERG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

127 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

44 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

54 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

42.52% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

BARNWELL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 19

116 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

66 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

59 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

50.86% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

BARNWELL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 29

63 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

35 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

33 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

52.38% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

BARNWELL COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 45

263 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

175 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

146 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

55.51% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

BEAUFORT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

1,765 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

1,045 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

888 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

50.31% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

BERKELEY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

2,628 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

1,679 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

1,408 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

53.58% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

CALHOUN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

143 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

95 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

68 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

47.55% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

CHARLESTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

4,177 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

2,299 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

1,935 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

46.33% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

877 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

463 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

393 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

44.81% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

CHESTER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

683 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

278 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

274 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

40.12% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

900 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

475 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

412 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

45.78% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

CLARENDON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 01

149 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

70 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

62 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

41.61% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

CLARENDON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

384 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

223 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

165 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

42.97% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

CLARENDON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03

109 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

84 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

68 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

62.39% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

COLLETON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

762 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

330 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

272 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

35.70% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

DARLINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

1,131 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

531 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

498 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

44.03% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

DILLON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 01

81 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

59 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

50 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

61.73% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

DILLON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

386 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

211 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

185 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

47.93% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

DILLON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03

144 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

96 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

81 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

56.25% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

DORCHESTER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

1,602 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

1,079 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

915 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

57.12% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

DORCHESTER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 04

197 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

111 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

82 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

41.62% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

EDGEFIELD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

353 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

205 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

178 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

50.42% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

FAIRFIELD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

382 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

192 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

159 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

41.62% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

FLORENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 01

1,472 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

891 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

713 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

48.44% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

FLORENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

102 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

73 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

62 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

60.78% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

FLORENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03

405 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

231 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

194 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

47.90% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

FLORENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 04

126 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

66 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

51 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

40.48% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

FLORENCE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 05

138 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

91 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

83 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

60.14% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

906 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

505 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

516 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

56.95% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

GREENVILLE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

5,651 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

3,547 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

3,076 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

54.43% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

GREENWOOD 50 COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

782 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

509 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

424 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

54.22% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

GREENWOOD 51 COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

96 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

65 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

57 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

59.38% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

GREENWOOD 52 COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

137 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

105 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

96 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

70.07% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

HAMPTON 1 COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

245 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

133 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

114 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

46.53% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

HAMPTON 2 COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

193 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

55 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

68 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

35.23% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

HORRY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

3,056 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

1,978 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

1,676 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

54.84% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

JASPER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

224 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

156 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

122 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

54.46% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

KERSHAW COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

1,030 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

571 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

527 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

51.17% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

LANCASTER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

1,072 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

701 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

583 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

54.38% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

LAURENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 55

664 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

334 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

261 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

39.31% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

LAURENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 56

400 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

206 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

159 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

39.75% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

338 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

132 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

101 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

29.88% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 01

1,565 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

1,149 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

1,067 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

68.18% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

809 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

537 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

459 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

56.74% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03

243 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

132 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

115 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

47.33% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 04

371 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

168 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

135 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

36.39% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

LEXINGTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 05

1,301 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

1,009 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

970 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

74.56% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

MARION COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 01

317 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

187 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

157 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

49.53% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

MARION COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

184 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

108 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

92 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

50.00% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

MARION COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03

-data not disclosed-

MARION COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 04

-data not disclosed-

MARION COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 07

105 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

61 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

52 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

49.52% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

MARLBORO COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

510 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

247 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

191 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

37.45% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

MCCORMICK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

112 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

55 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

51 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

45.54% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

NEWBERRY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

583 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

317 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

257 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

44.08% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

OCONEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

867 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

532 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

476 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

54.90% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03

389 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

176 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

163 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

41.90% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 04

491 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

246 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

210 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

42.77% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

ORANGEBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 05

763 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

404 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

346 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

45.35% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

1,396 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

868 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

769 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

55.09% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

RICHLAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 01

2,801 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

1,656 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

1,164 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

41.56% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

RICHLAND COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

1,652 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

1,208 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

1,040 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

62.95% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

SALUDA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

193 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

107 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

90 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

46.63% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 01

413 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

262 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

236 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

57.14% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

668 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

486 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

438 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

65.57% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03

251 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

174 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

155 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

61.75% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 04

243 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

145 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

136 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

55.97% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 05

517 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

365 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

319 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

61.70% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 06

840 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

557 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

522 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

62.14% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

SPARTANBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 07

734 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

461 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

375 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

51.09% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

908 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

530 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

437 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

48.13% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 17

856 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

477 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

442 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

51.64% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

UNION COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

469 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

304 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

260 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

55.44% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

618 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

246 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

266 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

43.04% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

YORK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 01

407 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

284 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

262 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

64.37% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

YORK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 02

426 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

310 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

270 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

63.38% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

YORK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 03

1,526 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

898 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

863 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

56.55% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

YORK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 04

505 (9th Graders enrolled in 2001-2)

455 (12th Graders in 2004-5)

440 (Diplomas issued in 2004-5)

87.13% (% of 9th graders who graduated in 4 school years)

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