Journalists frustrated with public school failures

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Across South Carolina, newspaper editors and reporters are voicing their frustration with the sustained failure of SC public schools. Here are a few recent highlights:

PACT with excuses for sad test scores” by Andrew Dys of the Rock Hill Herald.

…Certainly, when the old [PACT] test was a failure, the best recourse is to change the test. The old name had to go, too. The Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test, the old bugaboo that told us every year our kids weren’t doing as well as they should, was clearly at fault.

Not the schools. Not you. Not me.

PACT was sent packing along with all those bad scores. If you change the name and the test, nobody will ever remember all the times the scores tanked, right?

Misleading results” by in the editors of the Spartanburg Herald Journal.

But the issue isn’t that public school {SAT} scores are lower than private school scores. The issue is that public school scores are dropping, not rising. That fact was twisted 180 degrees by the state Education Department’s announcement.

Any reader, looking at the department’s announcement, would be led to believe that the scores of students in public schools rose over last year, which is not the case.

The department knew the methodology involved in reporting the scores. Department officials certainly knew that the real picture wasn’t as rosy as the one their announcement painted.

That’s a disservice to the educators struggling to improve our schools….

Minimally Adequate or High Quality” in the Greenwood Today.

Is there a devil in the details?

South Carolina’s public education system has it’s share of problems. Despite spending over 11,400 dollars per student every year we rank among the worst in the country by a number of measures. The decrepit condition of our poor rural schools along Interstate 95 lead some to dub the area the “Corridor of Shame.”

The poor quality of the public school system in South Carolina makes national news at times. The nation is aware of the problems we have. Our school system has implications on our economy and the welfare of our citizens. If we ever want to get out of the cellar of underachieving in education we must fix our public school system…

Improve education efficiency” by the Charleston Post and Courier editors.

When little Johnny’s mother becomes upset because her son’s school offers only French, Spanish and Mandarin, and she believes he would flourish only if he could study Portuguese, she would be able to sue, claiming he isn’t getting the “high quality” education the constitution requires.

Changing the constitution would cause nothing but problems, and it’s unnecessary. The current document does not hold us back and does nothing to keep the Palmetto State from creating an exemplary public education system.

Rex and everyone else who wants better schools should focus on lobbying the General Assembly for educational improvement and forget amending the state constitution.

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One response to “Journalists frustrated with public school failures

  1. More money does not solve the problem. When all the educators in South Carolina start holding the parents responsible, then student reports will change. As long as they keep using the same methods that they have been using for the last 50 years nothing will change.

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