Dist. 5 Wins 14 Palmetto Awards
Monday, January 31, 2011 at 8:10PM

Ten schools in Anderson School District Five have earned a total of 14 Palmetto Gold or Silver awards, according to the State Department of Education.

The awards recognize schools for academic achievement and closing achievement gaps in 2010.

“We are proud of the hard work of our students, parents, teachers and administrators in earning this recognition,” said District Five Superintendent Betty Bagley. “We are committed to building on these achievements and continuing to improve our academic performance.”

McCants Middle School; Centerville Elementary School; Concord Elementary School, An IB World School; Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering and Whitehall Elementary School all earned Palmetto Gold awards for General Performance.

Southwood Middle School, Calhoun Academy of the Arts, McLees Elementary School, Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation and New Prospect Elementary School earned Palmetto Silver awards for General Performance.

Schools receive General Performance awards for overall performance based on both their absolute and growth ratings and the growth index found on school report cards. These ratings are determined by PASS scores for elementary and middle schools, whose awards were announced today. Awards for high schools will be announced at a later date.

Southwood Middle School, Centerville Elementary School, New Prospect Elementary School and Whitehall Elementary School also received Palmetto Silver awards for Closing the Achievement Gap.

Schools received Closing the Achievement Gap awards based on academic gains made by students in four groups – African American students, Hispanic students, students participating in federal free- or reduced-price lunch programs and students with non-speech disabilities.

In its 10th year, the Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver awards program was created by the South Carolina General Assembly to recognize schools that attained high levels of absolute performance, high rates of growth and substantial progress in closing achievement gaps between groups of students.      

The state’s Education Oversight Committee establishes criteria for the awards, and the Department of Education applies those criteria to determine which schools are honored. More than half the schools being recognized this year have a poverty index of 60 percent or higher.

Schools honored for general performance receive a certificate and award flag, while those recognized for closing achievement gaps receive a certificate.

Article originally appeared on The Anderson Observer (http://andersonobserver.com/).
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