South Carolina

South Carolina

Programs and People: 

Michael King
Director, Office of Adult Education
South Carolina Department of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-734-8300


ESL: Best Plus/Best Literacy

Data Systems: 

Literacy, Adult and Community Education System (LACES) by LiteracyPro Systems, Inc.

Followup Methods: 

GED/High School Equivalency Diploma: Collected through LACES as local providers self-report high school equivalency diploma activity (GED and TASC only). Traditional high school diploma activity is also captured.
Employment: Collected through a combination of data match with labor and local provider self-reporting through LACES
Transition to Postsecondary Education or Training: Collected through a combination of data match with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and self-reporting through the LACES

Data Tools for Monitoring and Program Improvement: 

South Carolina uses on-site and virtual technical assistance and program monitoring visits, virtual meetings and trainings, statewide meetings, and local and regional meetings and trainings on data issues to ensure local programs comply with state and NRS guidelines. The state reviews local program data by collecting Desktop Monitoring Tools (DMT) and Special Initiative Desk Audits (SIDA) to identify problems, and to provide technical assistance. The state has established four Technical Assistance Networks (TAN) for meetings and training purposes. Each TAN has an assigned Coordinator, Training Specialist and Data Coordinator. These positions play a vital role for the state in providing training and technical assistance in the data system.

The LACES software has quality control edit checks that identify correct and incorrect assessments. The state provides local programs with test administration manuals, technical manuals, state guideline, and training. The Data Coordinators provide training on procedures for proper assessment for placement and progress. The state and local programs use LACES reports for student placement, educational functional level gains (MSG), accountability, and for monitoring all core performance measures.

State Tools and Resources: 

South Carolina Department of Education, Instruction, Adult Education


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