EOC Releases Report: SC’s Progress Toward 2020 Vision


EOC Releases Report: SC’s Progress Toward 2020 Vision

The Education Oversight Committee (EOC) recently released the annual “South Carolina’s Progress Toward 2020 Vision” report. It shows that on measures, including reading proficiency, on-time graduation, postsecondary success, and schools rated At Risk, our schools and students made progress, but the rate of improvement will not prepare all students to be successful for the global economy.

Barbara Hairfield, Chair of the EOC’s Public Awareness Subcommittee, presented South Carolina’s progress and rankings on national and state measures. She pointed out the progress SC’s schools and students are making in some areas. However, the jobs of 2020 in South Carolina and beyond will require graduates who are problem-solvers and entrepreneurs.

“Currently, 41 percent of students attending two-year colleges need remediation in English and Math,” stated Hairfield. “Students are not prepared for success in postsecondary education or for the future careers because they often lack the reading and math skills to succeed in postsecondary education and careers.”

The 2020 Vision, established by the EOC in 2009, states that “by the year 2020, all students in South Carolina will graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete successfully in the global economy, participate in a democratic society, and contribute positively as members of families and communities.” Progress toward the 2020 Vision is measured using four key education indicators: student reading proficiency, on-time graduation rates, postsecondary success of students, and schools rated At Risk, the lowest rating in the state accountability system.

To see the full report on this year’s release of the 2020 Vision, go online to http://www.eoc.sc.gov/reportsandpublications/2020Vision/Pages/default.aspx.

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