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South Carolina Student Characteristics

School Year 2019-20 (2018-19 for LEP and Disability)

Note: LEP (Limited English Proficient) and Disability data are not available for high schools.

Note: LEP and Disability data only available for 3rd through 8th graders taking SC READY tests. Sources: (1) “Active Student Headcounts, 135-Day Active Headcount,” South Carolina Department of Education (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/other/student-counts/active-student-headcounts/). (2) “Poverty Index,” Download Data, SC School Report Card (online: https://screportcards.com/). (3) “SC READY Test Scores,” South Carolina Department of Education (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/test-scores/state-assessments/sc-ready/).

ENROLLMENT

South Carolina public school enrollment (including charter schools) increased an average of 0.8% per year over the last five years adding approximately 5,800 students per year. Not counting the six charter schools that have left Greenville County Schools since 2014 (one remains), student enrollment in the school district over the last five years increased at an annual average rate of 1.2% or about 860 students per year. The drop in enrollment for Greenville County Schools from 2017 to 2018 was due to the departure of four of these charter schools, which like the other two, left the school district to join the South Carolina Public Charter School District (a statewide school district for charter schools).

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Student Count (135-Day Active Headcount)

School Years 2012-13 to 2019-20

Enrollment is measured by the “135-day active student headcount,” or the number of students actively enrolled on the 135th day of school. (Student headcounts are also taken on the 45th and 180th days of the school year.)

Source: “Active Student Headcounts, 135-Day Active Headcount” South Carolina Department of Education. (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/other/student-counts/active-student-headcounts/)

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POVERTY

A new measure of poverty in South Carolina public schools was fully implemented in the 2015-16 school year. Since that time, the percentage of students in poverty in Greenville County Schools has been above 50%. In South Carolina public schools, the rate has been 60% or more.

POVERTY INDEX

The Poverty Index is the percentage of students who are transient, in foster care, homeless, or have been Medicaid-eligible or qualified for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) services within the last three years.
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Poverty Index (Greenville County Schools Vs. South Carolina)

School Years 2015-16 to 2019-20

Source: South Carolina State Report Cards, South Carolina Department of Education. (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/state-report-cards/)

HOMELESS STUDENTS

The number of homeless students attending schools in Greenville County Schools continues to increase climbing to over one thousand students beginning in the 2017-18 school year.  As of 2019-20, this equaled 1.5% of all students and includes students living in shelters, in motels or doubling up with other families.

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Homeless Students in Greenville County Schools

School Years 2011-12 to 2019-20
(2011-2012) 582 Students
(2012-2013) 869 Students
(2013-2014) 728 Students
(2014-2015) 771 Students
(2015-2016) 796 Students
(2016-2017) 946 Students
(2017-2018) 1089 Students
(2018-2019) 1124 Students
(2019-2020) 1142 Students

Source: Homeless Education Liaison Office, Greenville County Schools, and the Greenville Homeless Alliance.

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ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

More than one in seven students in Greenville County Schools in grades three through eight is limited English proficient (LEP). The percentage has steadily increased over time. LEP students do not speak English as their primary language and have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English. Learn more about the English language learner assessment.

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Percent of Students with Limited English Proficiency (Grades 3 to 8)

School Years 2014-15 to 2018-19

Note: Data only available for 3rd through 8th graders taking ACT ASPIRE and SC READY tests. Source: “South Carolina ACT ASPIRE and SC READY Test Administration Files,” School years 2015 to 2019. South Carolina Department of Education. (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/test-scores/state-assessments/sc-ready/ & https://www.ed.sc.gov/data/test-scores/state-assessments/act-aspire-test-scores/);  “2017-18 Accountability Manual,” SC Education Oversight Committee and SC Dept. of Education, Sept. 4, 2018.

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DISABLED STUDENTS

More than one in seven students in Greenville County Schools in grades three through eight is disabled. The percentage has steadily increased over time.  The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), defines disabled students as having one of the following conditions: 1.) specific learning disability (such as dyslexia); 2.) other health impairment (such as ADHD); 3.) autism spectrum disorder (ASD); 4.) emotional disturbance; 5.) speech or language impairment; 6.) visual impairment including blindness; 7.) deafness; 8.) hearing impairment; 9.) deaf-blindness; 10.) orthopedic impairment; 11.) intellectual disability (such as Down Syndrome); 12.) traumatic brain injury; and 13.) multiple disabilities.

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Percent of Students with Disabilities (Grades 3 to 8)

School Years 2014-15 to 2018-19

Note: Data only available for 3rd through 8th graders taking ACT ASPIRE and SC READY tests. Source: “South Carolina ACT ASPIRE and SC READY Test Administration Files,” School years 2015 to 2019. South Carolina Department of Education. (online: https://ed.sc.gov/data/test-scores/state-assessments/sc-ready/ & https://www.ed.sc.gov/data/test-scores/state-assessments/act-aspire-test-scores/); “The 13 Conditions Covered Under IDEA.” (online: https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/special-services/special-education-basics/conditions-covered-under-idea)

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