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Funded by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, this project aims to support the goals of TransformSC by providing all network schools with the tools, resources, and relationships necessary to transform education across the state and ensure that students are ready for college, careers, and citizenry. In order to facilitate this, the Riley Institute is collaborating with TransformSC on a data study of all schools in the network. Researchers are organizing and analyzing comprehensive annual datasets already collected and compiled by the South Carolina State Department of Education. Data includes attendance, behavior, and academic performance, as well as satisfaction with the school environment and school-home relations. Researchers are tracking all variables longitudinally in order to identify innovations and determine underlying patters and existing trends that can be used to model and scale innovation.

TransformSC is an education initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, which functions as a collaboration of business leaders, policy makers, educators, parents and students who want to transform South Carolina’s public schools. The South Carolina Council on Competitiveness is a nonpartisan, business-led non-profit organization committed to advancing the long-term economic competitiveness of our state, industries, and citizens. Their work is accomplished through:

  • Actionable research on opportunities and threats to South Carolina’s competitiveness;
  • Support of industry clusters that provide South Carolina a competitive advantage; and
  • Education and workforce development initiatives that ensure all South Carolina’s citizens are equipped to compete in a global economy.