The awards program was established by the Education Accountability Act of 1998

Palmetto Gold and Silver status awarded to nine BCSD schools
Posted on 10/07/2019
Palmetto Gold and Silver banners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 7, 2019

Nine Beaufort County schools earn state
recognition for academic achievement

BEAUFORT – Nine Beaufort County schools have earned Palmetto Gold or Silver awards for student academic achievement, the South Carolina Department of Education announced today.

“These are very noteworthy recognitions,” said Superintendent Frank Rodriguez.  “We’re very proud of the students who improved their performance and also proud of the hard-working educators who supported them.”

The state’s Education Oversight Committee establishes criteria for the awards, and the Department of Education applies those criteria to determine which schools are honored.  Today the Education Department announced Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver winners for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years based on revised criteria approved earlier this year by the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee.

Beaufort County winners for 2017-18 were Coosa Elementary and Riverview Charter (Palmetto Gold) and Bluffton High, Hilton Head Island High, May River High, Red Cedar Elementary and River Ridge Academy (Palmetto Silver).

Beaufort County winners for 2018-19 were Riverview Charter (Palmetto Gold) and Bluffton Elementary and Early Childhood Center, Bluffton High, Hilton Head Island High, Lady’s Island Elementary, May River High, Red Cedar Elementary and River Ridge Academy (Palmetto Silver).

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said the awards demonstrate a school's commitment to excellence and ensuring every student meets the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work of the students, teachers, and principals in each school community," Spearman said.

The Palmetto Gold and Silver awards program was established by the Education Accountability Act of 1998 “to recognize and reward schools for academic achievement and for closing the achievement gap.” 

The State Board of Education, working with the Education Department and Education Oversight Committee, set the revised criteria for the awards program on May 14, 2019.  The criteria, which identify the general performance of schools, were based upon an analysis of the 2018 annual school report cards and upon feedback from a task force of principals coordinated by the EOC in 2019.  Additional criteria will be added in the future to recognize schools that have closed achievement gaps.

For elementary and middle schools, the criteria focus on two report card indicators: Academic Achievement and Student Progress.  To be eligible to receive a Palmetto Gold or Silver designation, an elementary or middle school must receive a rating for the indicators of Academic Achievement and Student Progress:

  • Palmetto Gold:  Excellent Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress, or Excellent Academic Achievement and Good Student Progress, or Good Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress.

  • Palmetto Silver:  Average Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress, or Good Academic Achievement and Good Student Progress, or Excellent Academic Achievement and Average Student Progress.

For high schools, the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program focuses on the following four report card indicators: Academic Achievement, Preparing for Success, Graduation Rate, and College/Career Readiness.

  • Palmetto Gold:  High schools that have an Excellent rating on 3 out of the 4 indicators and a minimum of Good on the fourth indicator are eligible for the Palmetto Gold Award. A high school must also have an overall report card rating of Excellent or Good to earn a Palmetto Gold.

  • Palmetto Silver:  High schools that have a minimum rating of Good on 3 out of the 4 indicators and no rating lower than Average on the fourth indicator are eligible for a Palmetto Silver Award. A high school must also have an overall report card rating of Average or above to meet the criteria.