Although officials consider it to be an honor to receive the Palmetto Gold and Silver awards, it’s not uncommon. Statewide, 433 schools earned either the Palmetto Gold or Silver awards.
The state’s Education Oversight Committee establishes criteria for
the awards, and the Department of Education uses the data to determine which schools are Palmetto Gold or Silver recipients.
Schools receive awards for overall performance based on both
their absolute and growth ratings -- information that’s based on the school
Also, three of Anderson One’s schools were recognized for closing the achievement gap between historically lower- and higher-achieving demographic groups of students. Schools that have an absolute rating or a growth rating of “At Risk” for the current year are not eligible for these awards.
None of Anderson One’s schools are “At Risk,” although there are several in other parts of South Carolina.
High school awards will be announced later, according to a release from the state Department of Education.
Palmetto Gold winners
-Cedar Grove Elementary
-West Pelzer Elementary
All six of these schools were ranked as “Excellent” on both the absolute and growth ratings portion of the report cards.
Palmetto Silver winners
-Hunt Meadows Elementary
Both schools were ranked as “Good” on both the absolute and growth ratings portion of the report cards.
Schools that “closed the achievement gap”