Frequently Asked Questions
What does the SC Education Oversight Committee do?
The EOC provides information and analyses of student performance, educational programs and educational funding; information to impact decisions at the state and local level focused on improvement of student achievement; and services and information that encourage public engagement in the success of students and schools as well as continuous improvement of the accountability system.
The committee, which is a legislative agency, works closely with members of the SC General Assembly, providing data and recommendations regarding programs, policies and funding based upon the level of achievement for students, schools, and programs.
What is the mission of the EOC?
The mission of the EOC is to affect the dramatic, results-based and continuous improvement of South Carolina’s educational system by creating a truly collaborative environment of parents, educators, community leaders and policymakers.
The values underlying the mission are the following:
• A sole focus on what is best for students
• A belief in broad-based inclusion and collaboration
• A belief in standards, assessments, and publicly known results
• The implementation of research-and-fact-based solutions that improve results
• A passion for immediate, dramatic and continuous improvement that is unaffected by partisan politics
What is the 2010 Goal?
By 2010, South Carolina’s student achievement will be ranked in the top half of states nationally. To achieve this goal, we must become one of the five fastest improving systems in the country. The goal was established by EOC members, as well as educators and business leaders, in 1999. View 2010 postcard here.
When does the committee meet?
Currently, the full committee meets the second Monday of even-numbered months. On odd-numbered months, the three subcommittees meet on the third Monday at 10:00 a.m. View the EOC calender here.
Where can I find easy-to-read information about what my child should be learning in school?
Family-friendly guides to SC’s content standards have been created for families, by grade level. They are also available in Spanish. To access those publications in PDF form, click here.
When are the school and district report cards released?
By law, the school and district report cards must be distributed to parents by November 15. For a link to the most recent report cards, click here.
Are the report cards required by law?
The Education Accountability Act of 1998 requires the development of an annual report card to report on the performance of the individual elementary, middle, high schools and school districts of the state. The Act also requires annual report cards for charter schools, alternative schools and vocational schools. The report card is to serve four purposes:
• To inform parents and the public about the school’s performance;
• To assist in addressing the strengths and weaknesses within a particular school;
• To recognize schools with high performance; and
• To evaluate and focus resources on schools with low performance.
Where can I find information about home schools?
The State Department of Education publishes information online about home schools. To find out more information, go to http://ed.sc.gov/topics/educationinsc/homeschool/.
Where can I find a copy of the NCLB Accountability Workbook?
View a copy here.