‘Team Dorchester’ wins 35 Palmetto awards for excellence
All 21 schools in Dorchester District Two won Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for General Performance this year. The district’s schools won 18 gold and two silver – no surprise after it earned an “excellent” state and “A” federal rating.
Principals or their representatives from every school attended the Monday night Board of Trustees meeting where they were honored with a standing ovation, a banner and a certificate for their achievement.
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program was established by the Education Accountability Act (EAA) of 1998. The Act was amended to include awards for closing the achievement gaps in 2008.
The district won 14 gold/silver awards for “exceptional performance or growth in targeted groups – Closing the Achievement Gap.” The groups include disabled, African American, Hispanic and subsidized lunch students. DD2 won eight gold and six silver in this category.
“As an important part of the education accountability system in South Carolina, the Awards program is designed to recognize and reward schools for attaining high levels of absolute performance, for attaining high rates of growth, and for making substantial progress in closing the achievement gap between disaggregated groups,” according to the state website.
“I am so proud of our schools,” said Superintendent Joe Pye, these show “outstanding student academic attainment.”
“Please know,” he said, “that this was a team effort and I wish everyone on that team – teachers, staff, parents – could be here tonight to be honored. Team Dorchester!”