More Beaufort County schools had good or excellent ratings, according to 2012 School Report Cards released Tuesday by the South Carolina Department of Education.
Beaufort County schools with ratings of good or excellent increased 57 percent to 22 in 2012 from 14 in 2011.
Improved student achievement and increased on-time high school graduation rates helped boost the schools' ratings, according Beaufort County School District.
South Carolina schools and districts are rated based on students' test scores.
In 2012, there were higher elementary and middle school scores on Palmetto Assessment of State Standards exams and by improved scores on high school exit and end-of-course exams, according to a school district news release.
Six schools received Excellent Absolute and Excellent Growth ratings in 2012: Okatie Elementary, Riverview Charter (elementary grades), Riverview Charter (middle grades), Beaufort High, Bluffton High and Hilton Head Island High, according to the district.
These schools jumped two rating levels in one year: Pritchardville Elementary, Beaufort High and Bluffton High. These schools increased one rating level: Beaufort Elementary, Lady's Island Elementary, Port Royal Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary, Riverview Charter (elementary grades), H.E. McCracken Middle and Battery Creek High.
The school district's overall 2012 rating remained unchanged from average in 2011.
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