Lexington 1: Schools, District Exceed State's Expectations Under New Federal System
Lexington School District 1 and its school received either an "A" or "B" under the new ESEA federal accountability system.
Lexington School District 1 and all of its schools either "substantially" exceeded or exceeded the state's expectations under the new federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act accountability system.
Lexington 1 received an overall grade of A¹ (point total or composite score was 92.5), which means the district substantially exceeded the state's expectations.
The state also received an A (90).
Schools in the district received either an A or B. Here's a look at schools in our Patch area:
|School Name||Overall Grade||Point Total|
|Carolina Springs Elementary||B||88.6|
|Lake Murray Elementary||A||100|
|New Providence Elementary||A||98|
|Oak Grove Elementary||A||100|
|Pleasant Hill Elemntary||A||91.7|
|Red Bank Elementary||B||88|
|Saxe Gotha Elementary||A||99|
|Carolina Springs Middle||A||98.2|
|Pleasant Hill Middle||A||95.3|
|White Knoll High||B||89.2|
To see other schools, click here.
Under the old system, the South Carolina Department of Education would report Adequately Yearly Progress (AYP) results for the districts and schools as "Met" or "Not Met."
Now with this new federal accountability system, schools receive a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F.
On July 19, the U.S. Department of Education announced that State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais' request for flexibility from some mandates of the Elementary and Secondary Education ACT (ESEA) — which is commonly known as No Child Left Behind — had been approved.
To see the department's flexibility waiver request click here.
The waiver request called for an improvement to the state's accountability system. One of the changes included reporting letter grades.
The plan also includes a new educator evaluation system and increasing transparency of student achievement by student subgroups.
Letter grades are awarded to schools and districts based on student achievement in several areas including English-language Arts, math and high school graduation rates.
The old system of AYP frustrated many in the educational community. Even if a school met all but one objective, the school would still be labeled as "Not Met" (not meeting the standards).
For example, in 2011 Lake Murray Elementary met 13 out of 13 objectives and was considered to have met AYP.
At Midway Elementary, the school met 18 out of 19 objectives and was labeled as a school not meeting AYP.
According to the state department, one of the goals in developing an alternative to AYP was that the new system would not be an "all or nothing" system.
State education officials say the new system will give schools and districts "a much more realistic accountability system..."
The criteria for the grading system for high schools will still be different from elementary and middle schools.
|ESEA Federal Accountability System Key ¹|
|90-100||A||Performance substantially exceeds the state's expectations.|
|80-89.9||B||Performance exceeds the state's expectations.|
|70-79.9||C||Performance meets the state's expectations.|
|60-69.9||D||Performance does not meet the state's expectations.|
|Less than 60||F||Performance is substantially below the state's expectations.|
2012-2013 Title I Reward Schools-SC's ESEA/Federal Accountability System
The ESEA waiver also brings a new recognition program for Title I schools, which are schools that have a high number of low-income students, and receive extra federal money to help meet the needs of at-risk and low-income students.
According to the state education office, the ESEA waiver requires the department recognizes high-performing schools and low-performing schools.
Title I schools are listed as the following:
- Priority Schools: The lowest performing Title I schools.
- Focus Schools: Title I schools with the highest average performance gap between subgroups.
- Reward Schools for Performance: The highest performing Title I schools in a given year.
- Reward Schools for Progress: Title I schools that demonstrate the most substantial progress in either the “all students” group or in identified subgroups from one school year to the next.
In Lexington 1, Saxe Gotha Elementary is listed as a Reward Schools for Progress.
For more information about the Federal Accountability System data, visit the South Carolina Department of Education website.