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South Carolina recognizes 304 schools for outstanding academic performance

COLUMBIA - More than 300 public schools have earned cash awards recognizing high levels of academic achievement and high rates of student academic improvement.

In its sixth year, the Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver awards program was created by the Education Accountability Act of 1998.

"These schools demonstrate what can be accomplished when everyone has high expectations and is focused on student achievement," said State Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum. "The Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver awards represent the hard work of students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members over a sustained period. I hope that they will serve to motivate other schools to continue their improvement efforts."

Award criteria were developed by the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee.

"The EOC is proud of these schools recognized for high performance and high rates of improvement," said EOC Chairman Harold Stowe. "We congratulate the students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members for a job well done."

A total of 304 schools received awards: 159 Gold and 145 Silver. Among elementary schools, 68 won Gold awards and 118 won Silver. Among middle schools, three won Golds and 20 won Silvers. Among high schools, 50 won Golds and five won Silvers. Thirty-one career centers won Golds and two centers received Silver awards. Seven special schools won Gold awards.

Each winning school receives an award flag, a certificate and a portion of $3 million in state funds earmarked for the awards program. The financial award is determined by several factors, including the type of award received, student enrollment, student attendance, teacher attendance and dropout rates. The minimum amount for a Gold award is $1,500, and the minimum for a Silver award is $1,000.

The EOC's award criteria were based on the absolute and improvement ratings that were assigned to each school on the 2006 report cards. The report card ratings are determined by PACT scores for elementary and middle schools. For high schools, the ratings are based on Exit Exam results, the graduation rate and eligibility for LIFE scholarships.

Primary schools with only grades two and below are not eligible for the awards. State law bases the award criteria on student achievement, and PACT tests are not administered to students in the early grades.

Awards went to schools that dramatically improved their students' performance between 2005 and 2006, and any school with an absolute rating above unsatisfactory was eligible.

Schools receive a Gold or a Silver award for the following rating combinations:

 

Absolute Performance Rating

Improvement Rating

Award Designation

Excellent

Excellent

Gold

Excellent

Good

Gold

Excellent

Average

Gold

Good

Excellent

Gold

Good

Good

Silver

Average

Excellent

Gold

Average

Good

Silver

Below Average

Excellent

Gold

Below Average

Good

Silver



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