South Carolinians have high expectations for public schools but are split on how to meet those expectations and how well schools are doing now.
Monday, the Education Oversight Committee, South Carolina’s education watchdog group, released findings of focus groups, phone interviews and surveys with parents, educators, business leaders and taxpayers.
The EOC will use the results to set education goals for the state’s public schools for 2020.
Among the findings:
Most respondents rate schools in their community highly. But they gave lower marks to schools statewide and nationally.
More than 56 percent of education believe schools provide key knowledge to students to succeed. But a majority of taxpayers and business leaders do not believe schools are providing it.
More than 50 percent of educators say parents and families do not provide support at home for academic achievement.
Most South Carolinians are unaware of educational trends nationally or regionally. They also do not know about achievement gaps among groups of students.