Thursday, April 4, 2013
Dorchester School District Two made history recently when all twenty-one schools received recognition for general performance in the South Carolina Department of Education’s Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program. Nineteen schools received Palmetto Gold Awards and two received the Palmetto Silver Awards.
In addition, fourteen district schools earned a Palmetto Gold and Silver Award for Closing the Achievement Gap. Eight schools earned the Gold Award, and six earned the Silver Award in recognition of growth in academic achievement made in student subgroups.
The South Carolina Department of Education recognized 662 schools and career centers for general performance, closing the achievement gap, or qualifying in both categories. The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program (PGS) began with the Education Accountability Act of 1998, giving recognition to schools for high levels of academic achievement and high rates of improvement. The PGS recognizes schools based on the criteria in the statewide Accountability Manual approved by the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) for both general performance and working towards closing the achievement gap. Within those two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation. The EOC revised the criteria for Palmetto Silver General Performance this year, reducing the number of eligible schools.
The nineteen schools receiving the 2013 Palmetto Gold Award include: Alston Middle, Ashley Ridge High, Beech Hill Elementary, DuBose Middle, Flowertown Elementary, Fort Dorchester Elementary, Fort Dorchester High, Gregg Middle, Joseph R. Pye Elementary, Knightsville Elementary, Newington Elementary, Oakbrook Elementary, Oakbrook Middle, Rollings Middle School of the Arts, Spann Elementary, Summerville Elementary, Summerville High, William M. Reeves, Jr. Elementary, and Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary. The Palmetto Silver Award went to Eagle Nest Elementary and River Oaks Middle.
Schools receiving the Palmetto Gold Award for Closing the Achievement Gap include: Flowertown Elementary, Fort Dorchester Elementary, Gregg Middle, Knightsville Elementary, Newington Elementary, Rollings Middle School of the Arts, Spann Elementary, and Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary. The following schools received Palmetto Silver Award for Closing the Achievement Gap: Beech Hill Elementary, DuBose Middle, Joseph R. Pye Elementary, Oakbrook Elementary, Oakbrook Middle, and William M. Reeves, Jr. Elementary.
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