By Kyandra Simmons, News Writer

The school report card is a snapshot of a school’s performance data in a number of areas, including end-of-course (EOC) testing, state testing and graduation rate. The purpose of the school report card is to show the school’s performance, performance of teachers, their teaching ability and students’ learning ability.

There are federal and state accountability measures to measure a school’s performance with student achievement.

According to the South Carolina Department of Education’s website, the Department hopes that “the school exceeds the standards for the progress toward the 2020 SC performance vision.”

In 2013 Keenan had a grade of 71.9%, which was average. Algebra 1/ Math for the Technologies 2 (84%) seemed to be the easiest EOC test. History (44.2%) was Keenan’s lowest grade.

“Time is everything; not all people learn the same—some students can get the job done in no time…some students just need a little more time,” Ms. Veronica Scott, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction, said

While Keenan is not a bad school, it has many loving, intelligent and caring teachers; they just need a little more time.

“Our report card grade from last year, which is a 71.9%, was an average grade and 14 points better than our [previous] report card grade…our graduation rate was almost perfect; however, the test scores threw us off just a little,” Mr. Alvin Pressley, principal, said.

While Keenan is an average school, students could have done better; studying is always an option.

“No one wants to see an ‘at-risk’ on their school’s report card,” Sophomore Carlos Mickens said.

Keenan has been average in the last few years, 2010-2013.

“We will continue to work toward increasing our graduation rate and [EOC] testing performance,” Scott said.

Keenan only had one student who did not graduate in the class of 2014.

“We will work vigorously to prepare our students for the new WorkKeys assessment [in the] spring [of] 2015,” Scott said.

For more information visit http://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/2014/high/c/h4001012.pdf

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