WHEREAS, one-quarter to one-third of middle grades students are not currently achieving academically at minimum standards; and
WHEREAS, the people of South Carolina have expressed their insistence that all students achieve at high standards competitive with national and world expectations; and
WHEREAS, the middle grades are the last opportunity to prepare students for the academic standards of high school; and
WHEREAS, the middle grades are a critical time regarding development of good character, strong work habits, and personal responsibility; and
WHEREAS, many middle grades students initiate risk-taking behaviors.
NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the powers conferred upon me by the Constitution and Statutes for the State, I hereby create the South Carolina Middle Grades Task Force to address quality teacher training and professional development, academic rigor in curriculum and instruction, effective organization of middle grade schools, parent involvement, and prevention of risk-taking behaviors.
The Middle Grades Task Force shall be charged with analyzing current shortcomings and recommending ways to:
It is further ordered that the Middle Grades Task Force shall provide a preliminary report on its findings and recommendations to the Governor for his consideration and review no later than December 1, 1999, and a final report no later than September 1, 2000. To assist in the implementation of its charge pursuant to his Order, the Commission may create such advisory committees or subcommittees as it deems necessary and shall appoint a staff working group of persons with expertise from all organizations whose contributions are necessary to develop excellent middle grades schools.
This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS 8th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 1999.
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