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15 Beaufort schools recognized for academic achievement

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WTOC) - The South Carolina State Board of Education is recognizing 15 Beaufort County Schools for their academic achievement and improvement.

The following schools received the Palmetto Gold Award based on their state report card rating for the 2009-2010 school year:

  • Coosa Elementary
  • Bluffton Elementary
  • Michael C. Riley Elementary
  • Mossy Oaks Elementary
  • Okatie Elementary
  • Port Royal Elementary

The following schools received the Palmetto Silver Award based on their state report card rating for the 2009-2010 school year:

  • Beaufort Middle
  • Daufuskie Island Elementary
  • Joseph Shanklin Elementary
  • H.E. McCracken Middle
  • Hilton Head Island Middle
  • Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts
  • Hilton Head Island Elementary International Baccalaureate
  • Red Cedar Elementary 

The ratings are determined by achievement on the PASS test of state standards for elementary and middle schools. The awards for high schools have no yet been annnounced.

Several schools were also awarded the Palmetto Silver Closing the Achievement Gap, including Coosa Elementary, Joseph Shanklin Elementary, Okatie Elementary, Port Royal Elementary, Mossy Oaks Elementary, Michael C. Riley Elementary, Robert Smalls Middle School and Bluffton Elementary Schools.

Gold and Silver awards are based on the following school report card rating combinations:

Absolute Rating

Growth Rating

Award Type

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

The Closing the Achievement Gap awards were given based on gains made by students who fell into four subgroups: African American students, Hispanic students, students participating in federal free- or reduced-price lunch programs and students with non-speech disabilities.  The South Carolina State Education Oversight Committee sets the criteria.

"The collaborative work of our schools, teachers, parents and community has helped to improve student performance. The recognition is well deserved," said Chief Instructional Services Officer Dr. Sean Alford in a news release.

Superintendent Valerie Truesdale said, "We are very proud to receive six gold and eight silver awards! This is the highest number ever received by Beaufort County Schools. Students, teachers and school leaders have been vigilant in their focus on reading and mathematics. We applaud their hard work.  Of particular merit is the recognition earned by eight schools for closing the achievement gap.  When a school's student achievement is among the highest in the state and they also are closing the gap, we have a tangible demonstration of the equitable opportunities for learning provided to all kids.  With the state's financial cuts of awards such as Palmetto Gold and Silver, it is really important for our community to celebrate gains in student achievement so that we stay energized and sustain forward momentum.  In the past, monetary awards from earning Gold and Silver were available to School Improvement Councils to fund classroom and school innovations."

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