YORK COUNTY — The S.C. Department of Education announced this week that eight Clover schools and five York schools are among 662 S.C. schools and career centers to receive a Palmetto Gold and/or Silver Award for the 2012-2013 school year.
The awards are given for general performance, closing the achievement gap or in both categories. Within those two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation.
In the Clover school district, Bethany, Crowders Creek and Larne elementary schools received gold awards in both areas. Griggs Road Elementary and Oakridge Middle won gold awards in the area of general performance and silver awards in closing the achievement gap.
Clover’s Kinard and Bethany elementary schools and Clover High School received gold awards in general performance only.
In the York school district, Hunter Street Elementary and York Intermediate schools were given gold awards in the general performance area and silver awards in closing the achievement gap.
Three other York schools — Cotton Belt Elementary, York Comprehensive High School and York Middle school — received gold awards in general performance only.
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program began with the Education Accountability Act of 1998, giving recognition to schools that demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and high rates of improvement.
The state revised the criteria for Palmetto Silver General Performance this year, reducing the number of eligible schools.
Of the award recipients statewide, 446 schools were recognized for general performance only, 39 were recognized for closing the achievement gap only, and 192 were recognized for their performance in both areas.