The new 2018 report cards are web based and include new data elements required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), federal legislation governing accountability signed into law in 2015. Within the new system, all elementary, middle, and high schools receive overall ratings based on a 100-point scale. The ratings follow these terms: Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average, and Unsatisfactory. Schools also receive ratings on seven out of the ten key report card indicators which contain vital information about schools and districts on how well students performed on state and national assessments, student growth, graduation rates, English language proficiency, student engagement, safety, classroom learning environment and more.
The EOC has developed a Guide to the 2018 SC School Report Cards.
The U.S. Department of Education has developed A Parent Guide to State and Local Report Cards.