Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Waccamaw Elementary, Waccamaw High, Waccamaw Intermediate and Waccamaw Middle schools, as well as Socastee and St. James high schools and their feeder schools recently earned Palmetto Gold awards for “general performance.”
The feeder schools for Socastee and St. James high schools are Socastee Elementary, Forestbrook Elementary and Middle schools, Lakewood Elementary, St. James Elementary and Middle schools, Burgess Elementary and Seaside Elementary.
The announcement was made last week by Dr. Mick Zais, state superintendent of education.
“These top 5 percent truly are our superstars,” Zais said.
“Our schools are doing outstanding work in accelerating achievement for all of our students,” said Patti Hammel, executive director for Student Performance and Federal Programs.
“We continue to provide ongoing professional development in all curricular areas. We feel that by providing full-day pre-kindergarten our students will continue to close the gaps early as we provide those pre–literacy and numeracy foundational skills.”
A total of 592 elementary, middle and high schools as well as career centers and special schools were honored this year, a decrease from the 677 that were honored last year.
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program was founded in 1998.
Within the two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation.
This is the sixth year that closing the achievement gap has been included as part of the program.
“The state accountability system rewards schools who not only perform at a high level overall, but those who show improvement moving individual student performance up from the previous year,” said David Whittemore, chairman of the Education Oversight Committee, which determine which schools meet the requirements for the awards.
“With the strong emphasis on reading and writing in all content areas, inquiry skills, communication skills, and development of content competencies, we are sure that our students are going to be prepared for any assessment the state utilizes,” Hammel said.
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