Several area schools were named recipients of the Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for the 2012-13 school year on Monday.
To receive the awards, the schools must meet certain criteria identified by the Education Oversight Committee, according to a news release from the South Carolina Department of Education.
Schools can receive the awards in general performance and in closing the achievement gap categories. In the general performance category, awards are based on their absolute and growth rating in the school report card. In the closing the achievement gap category, awards are based on academic gains by the four subgroups: black students, Hispanic students, those participated in the free or reduced lunch program and those with nonspeech disabilities.
In Aiken County, 19 schools qualified for an award in at least one category. Nine schools received a gold award and six received a silver award in general performance. Three received gold awards and five received silver awards in closing the achievement gap.
“I am pleased with the continued success of our schools,” said district superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Everitt.
“These prestigious awards recognize the hard work of our teachers and support of our parents and community.”
In Edgefield County, four schools qualified for an award in the general performance category. One school received a gold award and the others received a silver award.