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S.C. Gets Poor Marks in "Nation's Report Card"

South Carolina received poor marks in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, which issues the research every two years, published its latest report Tuesday. It examines academic performance for fourth and eighth graders, which are considered key benchmark points in student education. 

According to the report card, eighth-graders' math scores remained flat but the group gained 1 point in reading, for an average score of 267 out of a possible 500, according to the data.

South Carolina scored poorly on the report card, with reading and math scores down. South Caroina Fourth Graders are 47th in the country in reading, down from 39th in 2015. 

The National Center for Education Statistics has issued the report card every two years in every state since 2003, with the goal of comparing states' educational systems.

While Anderson Couinty has several high-performing public schools, the state's overall school system often ranks among the nation's worst.

Last year,  U.S. News & World Report ranked South Carolina last among all 50 states. 

When it comes to financial commitment South Carolina ranks 33rd in per-pupil spending on education and ranks 47th in average starting salary for teachers.

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