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Beaufort Co. School Officials Happy with District Progress

February 11, 2013 -

In Beaufort County, officials say they are excited about our progress over the past year.

For instance, the district went from having only 14 schools rated "good or excellent" in 2011 to 22 schools with that rating in 2012.

And officials say this is just one of many things the district should be proud of.

Acting superintendent, Jackie Rosswurm says the district should be proud of its growth and achievement over not only the last year, but the last several. And she pointed to several things as indicators we are moving in the right direction... specifically graduation rates.

"We're really excited, not only about how the district's grown over the last year but over the last several years, and I think particularly in the on-time graduation rates, if anything I think that is an indicator of the healthiness of our district,"said Rosswurm.

At Bluffton High School, they've seen their graduation rate increase more than eight percent over the past five years, but it's not just getting students across the stage, it's about making sure they are ready for what's next. And assistant principal Catherine Smith says regular writing assessments prepares her students.

"We probably do about eight times more papers and assessments in this high school than the average high school. We put a lot of focus on having students test in writing, and we evaluate not only the quality and coherency of their knowledge, but do they write to the level of college rubrics."

But writing is just part of moving the whole district forward, according to Rosswurm. Because even with the growth in graduation rates, it's still not where it needs to be, according to the state Education Oversight Committee, who say 88.3% of students must graduate from high school on time by 2020.

"It's literacy, I think it's technology, it's putting those pieces together, having articulation across grade levels. I think if we could do all of those things, and have the right people, supporting our students on a daily basis, I think we would get to where we need to be."

Overall, officials seemed pleased with the progress Beaufort County schools are making, but agree that much work needs to be done to get to the standards set by the EOC.

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