Common Core in South Carolina:
Common Core State Standards

The previous gubernatorial administration adopted the Common Core. Since 2011 Governor Haley’s administration has actively worked to back out of the Common Core; however, the legislature has yet to rescind the Common Core. Instructional materials were scheduled to completely reflect the Common Core for the 2013–14 school year.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

South Carolina has an advanced student-level data base that can transfer data between state agencies, institutions of higher education, and other states.

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

SB 604 by Sen. Mike Fair would have removed the Common Core from South Carolina, but the bill failed to pass.


The South Carolina Legislature passed H.3893 that would replace Common Core Standards. The bill was signed into law by the Governor on May 5 2014.


H.3943 would prevent Common Core implementation. This bill died in committee in 2014.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in South Carolina

Governor Haley
Opposes CC

Representative Bedingfield
Opposes CC

Senator Fair
Opposes CC

Senator Grooms
Opposes CC

Senator Bryant
Opposes CC

Senator Campsen
Opposes CC

Senator Bright
Opposes CC

Senator Martin
Opposes CC

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Updated: 6/10/2014