ERIC Number: ED366043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Reaching for Higher Standards: 1992. South Carolina Reports on Progress toward the National Education Goals.
South Carolina Governor's Office, Columbia.
This document describes South Carolina's progress during 1991-92 toward achieving the six National Education Goals, first formulated at a meeting between the U.S. president and the 50 state governors in September, 1989. The goals, which are listed at the beginning of this report, are targeted respectively at: (1) school readiness; (2) school completion; (3) student achievement and citizenship; (4) science and math attainment second to none; (5) adult literacy and lifelong learning; and (6) safe, disciplined, and drug-free schools. Each chapter presents the following information related to each national goal: (1) South Carolina's performance toward that goal; (2) factors that influence the state's progress; (3) an overview of the current service-delivery system; (4) an analysis of the current services' effectiveness; and (5) recommendations for action. Findings indicate that far too many children in South Carolina do not reach schools ready to learn. Ensuring school readiness requires providing conditions at home, in communities, and at school, in which healthy development can occur. The overall rate of eighth-grade students earning a high-school diploma or GED is 70 percent; minority male students drop out at a slightly higher rate than nonminority males. Disparities in academic achievement exist according to race and gender. In regard to science and mathematics lack of agreement on what all students need to know plus a shortage of teachers trained in these fields constitute two major problems. Findings also indicate that enrollment in adult-education programs has increased since 1990-91. Finally, the reported incidence of alcohol and other drug use among the state's school-age population is, overall, significantly below national indicators. A total of 80 figures and lists of contributing agency heads and South Carolina Education Goals Panel members are included. The appendix contains a copy of the governor's executive order to create the Education Goals Panel. A separately-published 7-page "Executive Summary" has been appended. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Governor's Office, Columbia.
Identifiers: National Education Goals 1990; South Carolina