Eleven DD2 schools placed in the Closing the Achievement Gap Awards and a total of 17 placed in the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for General Academic Performance.
Schools earning the Gold designation include are Fort Dorchester Elementary, Fort Dorchester High, Rollings Middle School of the Arts, Summerville High and Reeves Elementary.
Schools that earned the Silver designation are Fort Dorchester Elementary, Flowertown Elementary, Newington Elementary, Summerville Elementary, Oakbrook Elementary and Oakbrook Middle.
All 17 schools that placed in in the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for General Academic Performance earned the Gold designation:
Ashley Ridge High, Beech Hill Elementary, Flowertown Elementary, Fort Dorchester High, Gregg Middle, Joseph R. Pye Elementary, Knightsville Elementary, Rollings Middle School of the Arts, Newington Elemtentary, Oakbrook Elementary, Oakbrook Middle, Reeves Elementary, Spann Elementary, Summerville Elementary, Summerville High and Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary.
The Palmetto Gold and Silver awards program, founded in 1998, recognizes schools for general performance and closing the achievement gap. Within those two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation. This is the sixth year that closing the achievement gap has been included as part of the program.
The South Carolina Department of Education recognized 592 schools and career centers for general performance and closing the achievement gap – or qualifying in both categories.
The Closing the Achievement Gap Awards are presented by the S.C. State Department of Education and the Education Oversight Committee of recognition of growth in academic achievement made in student subgroups.
Pat Raynor, public information officer for the district, said the Closing the Achievement Gap Award examines test scores of minority student subgroups at schools (African American, female, Hispanic, etc.) and the recognizes their growth in test scores compared to the student majority.
Raynor said all the schools listed have received the Achievement Gap Award in past years.
“We are pleased at the continuing academic performance of our students and that they are working to achieve academic success,” Raynor said.
In a press release State Superintendent Mick Zais said out of the award recipients, 65 schools were awarded the gold designation for both general performance and closing the gap. Approximately 19 percent of this year’s recipient schools are also classified as high poverty, meaning that over 90 percent of their students receive Medicaid and/or free or reduced meals.