According to assessments administered by the Nation’s Report Card in 2019, South Carolina lags slightly behind the national average when it comes to proficiency in math and science. For Grade 4, 36.33% of tested students were at or above the proficient level in mathematics and 40% were at or above proficient in science. For Grade 8 those numbers are even lower at 28.9% and 28.2%, respectively.
Executive Director for the South Carolina Coalition of Math and Sciences, Tom Peters, said that school readiness is one of the challenges that leads to these stark numbers.
“If you look at school readiness data, if you look at how ready kids are when they enter school, particularly in mathematics, those data are not good,” Peters said.[…]
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