South Carolina: Working in Education in South Carolina

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Technology Education

The Center for Digital Education ranked South Carolina's online learning policies and practices number two in the country. The state's virtual school program has more than 60 courses with over 5,000 students, including public, private, home schooled, and charter school students. Enrollment in the school has increased 80 percent in two years. South Carolina also offers online professional development programs for educators throughout the state.

South Carolina students may take up to three classes through the virtual school per year without a waiver. Every teacher in the virtual school is a highly qualified teacher with a South Carolina Teaching Certificate and at least a bachelor's degree in her or his content area.

Under the direction of the school's technology specialist and media specialist, fifth graders at Forest Lake Elementary Technology Magnet School create, produce, and present a news show every school day. The school’s 580 students include children from 15 countries who speak 13 different languages. Technology makes it possible to accommodate the wide range of learning styles of the diverse student body.

Teacher's Aides in South Carolina

The state requires everyone working in instructional paraprofessional jobs in South Carolina to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Teaching assistants must also take part in both pre-service and in-service training.

Paraprofessional training to meet No Child Left Behind regulations falls under the Office of Adult Education. The adult education curriculum provides instruction in reading, math, and writing to help paraprofessional pass the required assessments. Paraprofessionals can also get assistance with enrolling in postsecondary learning.

Educational Management

South Carolina does an average job managing its schools in a way that encourages innovation, according to a report by the U.S. Chambers of Commerce and the Center for American Progress. The survey found that the state has strong academic standards and sanctions low-performing schools. It does a good job of removing poor-performing teachers. However, fifty-five percent of principals surveyed reported that tenure remains a barrier to removing poor-performing teachers.

The South Carolina Association of School Administrators conducts professional development programs for future education leaders with great potential as well as seasoned administrators to support them in furthering their skills. The association also sponsors a 10-month program for educators with strong leadership skills and concern for improving the lives of young people.

The principal of a South Carolina high school decided to resign after the district approved an organization for gay students. The principal said the decision conflicts with his religious and professional beliefs, according to Fox News.

Curriculum and Instruction

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Education, South Carolina's student achievement standards are among the highest in the country. The state's standards for eighth grade reading were the highest of all the states.

South Carolina is one of only four states that are have not been participating in the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which is an attempt to develop national student achievement standards.

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