Great new news story in the Greenville Journal, courtesy of FITS News (link) about the “relativity” of student achievement in South Carolina.
But in absolute terms, these “good” schools in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Anderson, Spartanburg, and Greenville are way behind where they need to be.
That’s most obvious when you compare the kids in these schools to similar kids in other states, students whose family income, parental education, and standard of living make them an apples-to-apples comparison.
When we look at these numbers, we see kids in South Carolina are not competitive, even with our immediate neighbors in Georgia and North Carolina. In fact, SAT scores at the best South Carolina districts averaged more than 200 points behind the best districts in North Carolina.
Now Anna Mitchell of the Greenville Journal has looked even deeper, also considering the types of classes that students are taking. She wanted to know if the upper middle class students in the Upstate and other similar districts were as successful as many parents assume.
They are not. She explains:
“..In other words, white students, well-to-do students, students taking calculus and students whose parents have graduate degrees all scored among the lowest in their subcategories compared to their counterparts in other states.”
Mitchell’s story is well-researched and quite through; let’s hope the Journal posts it online in full!