Public Education Partners launched its PEP Talks series at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in early June 2017. The second luncheon of the series, entitled, “Graduation Rates: What’s Behind the Numbers?” was held on August 31 at the United Way of Greenville.
PEP Talks is designed to be an informative, brown-bag luncheon, exposing individuals from the Greenville community to salient topics related to education. This results in helping to build the community’s knowledge, so they can become better informed advocates for our local public schools.”
The August discussion was led by Dr. Jason McCreary, Greenville’s Director of Accountability and Quality Assurance. Dr. McCreary shared Greenville’s high school graduation rates, and compared rates between the national, state, and local levels. He also shared information about what those rates truly mean, and how that relates to the quality of education students receive in Greenville County.
According to the statistics, Greenville has made tremendous strides in increasing the number of high school graduates. Dr. McCreary provided data which covered the past five years. During that time, Greenville County’s high school graduation rate increased 14.6%. This increase has propelled Greenville County ahead of the 2016 South Carolina state average. Those figures show Greenville County at 86.8%, and South Carolina as a whole at 82.6%.
If you are interested in learning more about the strides Greenville County Schools has made, feel free to explore Dr. McCreary’s presentation and familiarize yourself with additional graduation data about both Greenville and South Carolina.
Also, I am excited to announce that the next PEP Talks Luncheon will also be held at the United Way of Greenville, and will take place on November 17 at noon. The topic up for discussion at that meeting will concern shortages, recruitment, and retention within the teaching profession.
Institutions of higher learning report having difficulty filling the teacher corps with enough teachers to meet the demand of school districts nationwide. Meanwhile, teachers that are working in the schools increasingly find it difficult to maintain their position due to gentrification.
This is a very timely conversation as the nation, state, and Greenville struggle to find talented teachers for educating our youth. I hope you are able to join us!