North vs. South of the Carolinas… what schooling is better?

In the United States alone there are 98,454 public schools. This does not include the private, magnet, and charter schools that are all over the nation. North Carolina and South Carolina are the two states that will be focused on using their public school system data.

According to Ballot Pedia, North Carolina has 1,518,465 students enrolled in the public school system around the state. The state has 2,557 public schools in the state for all those students. The graduation rate of North Carolina students is 82.5%. “There was roughly one administrator for every 283 students, compared to the national average of one administrator for every 295 students. On average North Carolina spent $8,390 per pupil in 2013, which ranked it 43rd highest in the nation” (BallotPedia).

According to Ballot Pedia, South Carolina has 735,998 students enrolled in the public school system around the state. The state has 1,239 public schools in the state for all those students. The graduation rate of South Carolina students is 77.6%. “There was roughly one administrator for every 274 students, compared to the national average of one administrator for every 295 students. On average South Carolina spent $9,514 per pupil in 2013, which ranked it 33rd highest in the nation” (BallotPedia).

North Carolina has more public schools and students enrolled in schools than South Carolina does. Yet, South Carolina spends over thousand more dollars each year on each student. When it comes to the academic portion of comparison between the two schools, North Carolina ranks higher in everything. In reading and math, North Carolina scored at least ten percent higher than South Carolina did. North Carolina teachers make few thousand dollars more than South Carolina teachers do as well. With this information provided by Ballot Pedia, it proves that public school education from North Carolina should be better than one from South Carolina.

Mac Juraschek, a student from the North Carolina public school system, is now attending college at the University of South Carolina. Juraschek loved his education from the North Carolina school system. “I believe that because of the education I had I was prepared for college very well. I know some people who I see at school struggle because there schooling did not prepare them for the pressure and work load that college brings,” Juraschek said. Since he attends a public university in South Carolina he does not think that it compares to their K — 12 public school system and believes that his public university is held at a much higher standard.

Austin Robison, a student from the South Carolina public school system, is now attending college at the University of South Carolina. Robison has spent his whole education in the South Carolina public school system from kindergarten to college. “I went to a great public school in South Carolina and knew I would always go to USC. I think my education prepared me for college and I like that I never left the state,” Robison said. He knows that South Carolina is not known for having the best public education when it comes to K — 12 but Robison believes his school system did a good job.

These two men are both products of the public school system. Although they attended different K — 12 schools they ended up at the same university. They both felt as if they were prepared for college even though one school system is known to better than the other. The data shows that education in both are still high but North Carolina’s is just a little higher. In every state there are different counties and districts that have better schools within the state. This data that is provided is just the average of the state. This means that there could be some schools in South Carolina that perform better than schools in North Carolina but in all North Carolina ranked higher overall. Each of these students is performing well in school and has their education from back home to thank.

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