Eight schools receive Gold and Silver Awards from state
Eight Georgetown County schools have been honored by the state as 2013 Palmetto Gold and Silver recipients.
• The schools that received Palmetto Gold for general performance are: Andrews High, Georgetown High, Waccamaw Elementary, Waccamaw High, Waccamaw Intermediate and Waccamaw Middle.
• The Palmetto Gold Award winners for closing the achievement gap are: Maryville Elementary and Waccamaw Intermediate School.
• The Palmetto Silver Award winner for closing the achievement gap: Andrews Elementary.
“It is important for us to make significant progress each year,” said Patti Hammel, Executive Director of Student Performance and Federal Programs. “However, closing the achievement gap also demonstrates the growth our schools make toward all students reaching the college and career ready status when leaving high school. With a class of 2012 graduation rate of 86.1%, we are very proud that we are well on our way to having all students in Georgetown County become successful, lifelong learners. We continue to congratulate our administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community partners.”
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.
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