Education Oversight Committee

Education Oversight Committee Budget Recommendations

By B. Jamison

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On December 12, 2016, the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) adopted budget recommendations for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The programmatic and funding recommendations made are designed to continue last year’s support of educators and students while accelerating innovation in education. Based on statutory authority, the committee members annually make recommendations for the spending of Education Improvement Act (EIA) funds, which are generated by the penny sales tax. In November, the Board of Economic Advisors projected that the EIA will generate $791 million in total revenues in fiscal year 2017-18, an increase of $39 million over the current year’s EIA appropriation base.

EOC Reports: It’s Not Just Football Season, It’s Reading Season!

By B. Jamison

Education Oversight Committee Read Your Way to the Big Game 2016 Reading Content

The “Read Your Way to the Big Game” Contest is underway for the second year in a row! Contest kits have been mailed to all primary, elementary, and middle schools in South Carolina. Public school students in PK-8 are again eligible to participate in this year’s contest, which ends November 1.

Applications for SC Community Block Grants for Education Pilot Program

By B. Jamison

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The Education Oversight Committee (EOC) reports that for the third year the SC General Assembly has authorized and funded the SC Community Block Grants for Education Pilot Program for Fiscal Year 2016-17. The purpose of the program is to improve children's readiness for kindergarten by enhancing the quality of Pre-K programs for 4-year-olds.

EOC: Family-Friendly Guides to SC Academic Standards Updated!

By B. Jamison

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The Family-Friendly Guides to the SC Academic Standards are updated and ready for teachers and parents! The website www.scfriendlystandards.org provides information for parents and families about what their children should be learning in school based on the standards. These resources are excellent for families to use during the summer months as well as during back-to-school events and parent-teacher conferences.

EOC “Student Reading Success Activity Guide” Still Available

By B. Jamison

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Printed copies of the popular “Student Reading Success Activity Guide” are still available! Originally published in 2014, this resource is designed to provide families, tutors, caregivers, and teachers with simple activities to promote literacy among K-3 grade students.

The guide is being used in the professional development of reading tutors working with United Way of the Midlands, Boys and Girls Club reading tutors and volunteers, SC Afterschool Alliance programs, as well as public library staff working with students in elementary schools.

Family-Friendly Guides to SC Academic Standards Ready!

By B. Jamison

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The Family-Friendly Guides to the SC Academic Standards are updated and ready for teachers and parents! The website, www.scfriendlystandards.org, provides information for parents and families about what their children should be learning in school based on the standards.

These resources are excellent for families to use during the summer months, as well as during back-to-school events. Just visit the site and click on the grades you are interested in…you’ll find information at your fingertips!

EOC Reports - Resources for Schools and Districts on Testing

By B. Jamison

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Are you looking for resources for students and parents on testing? The Education Oversight Committee (EOC) has developed a print resource to help students and families understand the purposes of assessment and what the different types of assessment are. Tips for student testing success are included in the document.

Even with Help, Poor Students Lag Behind Wealthier Districts

By K. Blackwell

Education in S.C. needs a closer look.

A report on South Carolina’s $65 million dollar a year program that offers free 4K to underprivileged school districts, shows that even with the extra program, children who attend still lag behind other students from wealthier school districts. 

The study, which was conducted by the S.C. Education Oversight Committee, according to The State newspaper, “compared how poor children who enrolled in 4K during the program’s first four years performed later on standardized tests.” 

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