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SC State Superintendent visits Jasper County school

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South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais paid a quick visit to one of Jasper County's charter schools Thursday.

The visit comes just after the county school district appealed its "F" grade one week ago.

State Superintendent Zais met with board members of the Royal Live Oaks Academy Charter School Thursday to discuss funding and of course, the Jasper County School District's recent letter "F" grade.

Before taking a quick tour of the charter school campus, Zais sat down with board members to discuss the some of the successes and challenges teachers are facing in Jasper County.

Zais said each school district is unique in its needs but a combination of factors can affect how well they perform on the state's Palmetto Achievement of State Standardized Tests, or PASS.

This is the second year Jasper County has received an "F."

Last week, the Jasper County School District appealed the grade for a number of reasons.

They believe when the state factored in charter school grades, it brought down their overall district score.

Zais defended the grading system which many have called unfair.

"We think that the current grading system is about the best we've seen, it's a vast improvement from the old 'No Child Left Behind' met, not met system. We've seen that districts and schools that work together are able to raise their scores and when the community comes together, in support of a school and the children in that school, we see enormous gains," he explained.

Zais says his biggest concern is being able to see every child improve from one year to the next and being able to capture that growth through a uniform grading system.

WTOC reached out to the Jasper County School District but they refused to comment on the State Superintendent's visit.

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