South Carolina

College and Career Ready Definitions
South Carolina has not adopted or made available a definition of college and career readiness.
Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
School Report Card1
National Assessments2
College Freshman Reports3
Early Warning System4
Passage rate of High School Assessment exam1
EOC exam scores1
SAT/ACT scores and participation rate2
AP scores and enrollment, participation, and pass rate by subject1,2
IB scores and diplomas attempted and awarded 1,2
NAEP scores1,2
Eligible for LIFE scholarship1
First graders who attended full-day kindergarten
Mathematics and English language arts grades4
English proficiency4
Credits earned4
CTE students in career and technical student organizations (CTSOs)1
CTE course enrollments1
Students participating in work-based experiences1
CTE students attaining technical skills1
CTE completers placed1
Five-year graduation rate
Postsecondary outcomes3
     o Enrollment in four-year colleges
     o Enrollment in two-year colleges
     o Enrollment in technical colleges
     o Enrollment in in-state colleges
     o Enrollment in out-of-state colleges
     o Other schools
     o Employment
     o Military
     o Other
1. South Carolina Department of Education. (2014). Report card. Retrieved from
2. South Carolina Department of Education. (2015). National assessments. Retrieved from
3. South Carolina Department of Education. (2015). College freshman report. Retrieved from
4. National Center for Education Statistics. (2012, April). South Carolina: Capturing every student. SLDS Spotlight: Development and Use of Early Warning Systems. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

South Carolina state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at their high school, a postsecondary institution, or virtually. All public postsecondary institutions in the state are required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

The Middle College National Consortium has partnered with institutions of higher education in South Carolina to provide two Early College High School programs as part of the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). The Gateway to College National Network has partnered with an institution of higher education to provide an Early College High School program as part of ECHSI (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).


Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual Enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

South Carolina organizes its secondary CTE programs in 15 Career Clusters based on workforce requirements and the National Career Clusters Framework.

The modified Career Clusters include:

  • Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, Audiovisual Technology, and Communications
  • Business, Management, and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

South Carolina maintains programs of study that span from secondary to postsecondary in each of the Career Clusters except for Government & Public Administration (NASDCTEc, n.d.).


South Carolina State Department of Education. (2012). 2020 vision: Goals and strategies. Retrieved from

National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). South Carolina [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In South Carolina, the Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) is a student-specific educational plan detailing the courses necessary for the student to prepare for graduation and to successfully transition into the workforce or postsecondary education. South Carolina's IGP is mandated by the state. It includes all students in Grades 8–12.


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements


High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:


4.0 (Algebra I, Algebra II, and geometry)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (U.S. History and the Constitution [1.0], economics [0.5], U.S. government [0.5], and other social studies [1.0])


Science Credits:


3.0 (biology, chemistry, and physics)

Foreign Language Credits:

1.0 (students may substitute with career and technology education)

2.0 (in same language)

Arts Credits:

None specified (N/S)


Additional Credits:

9.0 (physical education or Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps [1.0], computer science [1.0], and electives [7.0])

3.0 (including physical education [1.0], and one elective from among advanced mathematics, computer science, English, fine arts, foreign languages, humanities, or laboratory sciences)

Total Credits:




N/S (excluding end-of-course examinations)

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


South Carolina State Department of Education

University of South Carolina




Early Warning Systems

South Carolina’s state-specific Early Warning System is called the Student Potential Performance Snapshot (SPPS). Early Warning System data are reported at the state, regional, district, school, and student levels to school administrators, counselors, and educators. 


National Center for Education Statistics. (2012, April). South Carolina: Capturing every student. SLDS Spotlight: Development and Use of Early Warning Systems. Retrieved from