South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced on Tuesday that the release of the new school report cards, originally scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, has been postponed.
“Yesterday afternoon, we learned of errors in critical data files claimed to be accurate by a vendor, AdvancED. This data is used to measure school quality, one of the indicators that makes up our school rating system, ” said State Superintendent Molly Spearman. “These inaccuracies cannot be remedied in time for the scheduled release and those at fault will be held responsible.”
“Parents, students, and communities deserve to have reliable and accurate information about the performance and characteristics of their school systems. The decision to postpone the release of the report cards is not one that I make lightly but it is in the best interests of preserving the integrity and transparency of our accountability system.”
The South Carolina Department of Education has tentatively set Thursday, Nov. 29 as the new public release date and will continue to communicate with parents, schools, and communities as changes and updates are made.