ERIC Number: ED328598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Trends in South Carolina. Office of Research Report Series.
South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Research.
Trends in quantitative facts relevant to public education in South Carolina are provided for the 1988-89 school year along with information beginning with the reference year of 1969-70. Twenty-six tables contain statewide information on enrollment, educational finances, programs, and test scores. Thirty-three other tables provide district summaries of equivalent information. The number of children enrolled in grades 1 through 12 in South Carolina public and private schools decreased from 689,418 in 1969-70 to 625,763 in 1988-89. Although the state population and per capita income have increased over 500% from 1969-70 to 1988-89, the number of children has decreased due to declining birth rates, and the portion of the state budget allocated to public education has declined. South Carolina spent less per student than did other states in the Southeast, and spent almost $1,000 per student less than the national average. Statewide dropout rates declined, and readiness for first grade, measured by a cognitive skills test, increased. The percentage of students scoring above the 50th national percentile on the statewide testing program increased across all six skill areas and five grade levels, and the percentage of students meeting the statewide standards for reading and mathematics increased from 1980-81 to 1988-89. Scholastic Aptitude Test scores for South Carolina high school seniors increased 16 points on the verbal and 28 points on the mathematics sections from 1969-70 to 1988-89, in spite of a national drop in verbal and mathematics scores of 33 points and 12 points, respectively. (SLD)
Descriptors: Demography, Economics, Educational Finance, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Expenditures, Private Schools, Public Schools, School Districts, School Statistics, Scores, Standardized Tests, State Programs, State Surveys, Statistical Data, Tables (Data), Testing Programs, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Dept. of Education, Columbia. Office of Research.
Identifiers: Scholastic Aptitude Test; South Carolina