South Carolina

Equity Dialogues: Increasing Opportunities to Improve Outcomes for Students

As states implement their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans, the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is focusing on building the knowledge and skills of agency staff to support implementation of equity strategies by local education agencies (LEAs). The SECC is providing technical assistance, facilitation, and training to support this process in the area of equitable access.

South Carolina Low-Performing Schools

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE), with support from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), has developed a school improvement framework, which is under review by SCDE senior-level administration. The SECC is continuing to provide support by assisting the SCDE in the development of an evaluation of the Transformation Coach Program in the state.

South Carolina Internal Systems

The Southeast Comprehensive Center is assisting the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) in developing a system of communication and monitoring to enhance intradepartmental communication and monitoring efforts. The co-development of these communication and monitoring tools are aiding SCDE staff in working more effectively.

South Carolina Early Childhood

The Southeast Comprehensive Center is assisting the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) in the development of its statewide balanced literacy plan (birth–Grade 12); providing research-based practices on Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements; helping the agency to utilize evidenced-based practices, strategies, and resources; reviewing documents; and providing feedback on state education agency (SEA) work.

Support for Implementing College- and Career-Ready Standards and Assessments

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is supporting state education agencies (SEAs) to strengthen their plans for implementing college- and career-ready standards (CCRS) and assessments. Support includes access to research-based resources, emerging promising practices, and educational events (that are featured in a bimonthly newsletter) and bimonthly virtual meetings of members.

Ensuring School Readiness Community of Practice

The regional Ensuring School Readiness Community of Practice (CoP) at the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) supports state education agencies (SEAs) and other agencies (birth to third grade) to assist with early childhood (EC) efforts. The CoP includes an interactive, online site to facilitate the sharing of research and practice insights and a monthly newsletter to deepen awareness of regional and national early childhood education developments and opportunities for collaboration among states.

South Carolina Personalized Learning

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is partnering with the Center on Innovations in Learning and the Center on College and Career Readiness and Success to provide training, resources, and technical assistance on personalized learning to educators and leaders in South Carolina. The goal of this project is to assist the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) in supporting teachers and students in the areas of learning technologies, competency-based education, and personal competencies.

South Carolina Developing SEA Support for Low-Performing Schools

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE), with support from the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC), has developed a school improvement framework, which is under review by SCDE senior-level administration. The SECC is continuing to provide support that began in Year 5 concerning the selection and use of evidence-based instructional practices based upon the SCDE evidence-based practices workbook, turnaround competencies for school leaders, and Center on School Turnaround strategies for rapid school improvement.

Support for Implementing College- and Career-Ready Standards and Assessments

The Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) is supporting state education agencies (SEAs) to strengthen their plans for implementing college- and career-ready standards (CCRS) and assessments. Support includes access to research-based resources, emerging promising practices, and educational events (which are featured in a bimonthly newsletter). The SECC also provides technical assistance to help states refine Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation plans and resources that may address needs or concerns related to assessment and accountability.