Document Number: 7435What Is the Penny Buying for South Carolina? - Passage of the Education Improvement Act (EIA) in 1984 increased South Carolina’s sales tax by a penny to fund a variety of programs and services to: (1) enhance student achievement; (2) strengthen teacher training, evaluation and compensation; (3) improve school leadership, management and fiscal efficiency; (4) implement accountability measures; (5) create more effective partnerships among schools, parents, community and business; and (6) provide school buildings conducive to improved student learning. The EIA requires that an annual assessment of EIA-funded education reform efforts be submitted to the legislature each year. This assessment report is in two parts: the first is an update on the state’s child development program for four-year-olds, providing data from longitudinal studies of later academic achievement to the 7th grade conducted by the department of education; the second is a descriptive report, which has been prepared by an outside contractor, on the South Carolina School Improvement Council and its work. (South Carolina State Board of Education, December 2006)...