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Five schools in Dorchester District 2 were recognized as Palmetto Award winners by the South Carolina Department of Education.

There were over 249 schools selected for the award across the state for their performances during the 2018-2019 school year.

“The Palmetto Gold and Silver awards demonstrate a school’s commitment to excellence and ensuring every student meets the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “This achievement is testament to the hard work of the students, teachers, and principals in each school community.”

The Palmetto Gold and Silver awards program was established by the Education Accountability Act (EAA) of 1998 to recognize schools for academic achievement.

The schools from DD2 to receive the Palmetto award are:

Gold Award: Beech Hill Elementary, Fort Dorchester Elementary, Summerville Elementary

Silver: Joseph R. Pye Elementary, Rollings Middle School of the Arts

The criteria, which identify the general performance of schools, were based upon an analysis of the 2018 annual school report cards and upon feedback from a task force of principals, coordinated by the EOC in 2019. Additional criteria will be added in the future to recognize schools that have closed the achievement gap.

The criteria for elementary and middle schools to receive the award are below:

Palmetto Gold:

1) Excellent Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress, or

2) Excellent Academic Achievement and Good Student Progress, or

3) Good Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress.

Palmetto Silver:

1) Average Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress, or

2) Good Academic Achievement and Good Student Progress, or

3) Excellent Academic Achievement and Average Student Progress.

The criteria for high schools are slightly different and are listed below:

Palmetto Gold:

High schools that have an Excellent rating on 3 out of the 4 indicators and a minimum of Good on the fourth indicator are eligible for the Palmetto Gold Award. A high school must also have an overall report card rating of Excellent or Good to earn a Palmetto Gold.

P almetto Silver:

High schools that have a minimum rating of Good on 3 out of the 4 indicators and no rating lower than Average on the fourth indicator are eligible for a Palmetto Silver Award. A high school must also have an overall report card rating of Average or above to meet the criteria.

According to the Department of Education, to be eligible to receive a Palmetto Gold or Silver designation, a school must not be designated as a Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school or an Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI) school.