School Choice Score: 62%
South Carolina has two programs available that both only have a minimal amount of funding between them ($12 million). The new tax credit scholarship for students with exceptional needs helps to fix one of the weaknesses in south Carolina’s original voucher program
- Source: EdChoice
Charter Schools Score: 82%
South Carolina’s charter school sector improved recently with the addition of university authorizers who should begin authorizing charter schools in the very near future. Currently, most charter schools are authorized by the South Carolina Public Charter School District. While the public charter school district has done a good job ensuring that South Carolina charters have the autonomy to operate as they see fit funding inequities have hampered this growth.
Online Learning Score: 82%
South Carolina allows high-quality providers and students now have access to a variety of digital learning experiences, but barriers to student access around funding and enrollment persist. Digital learning in South Carolina continues to grow. Governor Nikki Haley acknowledged the importance of online learning and technology in the classroom with a K-12 education reform initiative, seeking to modernize technology in the classroom and improve bandwidth in order to give students wider access to digital content and provide them with computer skills that will make them attractive to employers.
Teacher Quality Score: 75%
Student achievement data ranges from 20% to 50% of a teacher’s evaluation score. Teacher ineffectiveness is not grounds for dismissal. Classroom effectiveness is not the preponderant factor when granting tenure. Effective teachers are eligible to receive performance pay.
- Source: State Teacher Policy Yearbook