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Oconee Schools receive Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards

posted Oct 7, 2019, 10:15 AM by Oconee Google
Ravenel Elementary awarded Gold; Walhalla Elementary and Walhalla High awarded Silver
Palmetto Gold and Silver Award

The Palmetto Gold and Silver Award Program, required by state law, is designed to "recognize and reward schools for academic achievement and for closing the achievement gap."  The awards go to schools attaining high levels of absolute performance, high rates of student growth, and for schools making substantial progress in closing the achievement gap.  In May 2019, the State Board of Education approved criteria for the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program aligned to the new school report cards associated with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Awards for both 2018 and 2019 are being released together.

Elementary or middle schools must have one of the following rating combinations to receive a Palmetto Gold designation:
  • Excellent Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress
  • Excellent Academic Achievement and Good Student Progress
  • Good Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress
Elementary or middle schools must have one of the following rating combinations to receive a Palmetto Silver designation:
  • Average Academic Achievement and Excellent Student Progress
  • Good Academic Achievement and Good Student Progress
  • Excellent Academic Achievement and Average Student Progress
High schools must meet the following criteria:
  • Palmetto Gold - Excellent rating on 3 out of the 4 indicators and a minimum of Good on the fourth indicator with an overall report card rating of Average or above
  • Palmetto Silver - minimum rating of Good on 3 out of the 4 indicators and no rating lower than Average on the fourth indicator with an overall report card rating of Average or above
Dr. Thorsland commented, "We are certainly proud of the accomplishments of students and staff at these and all of our schools.  We hope to have even more award-winning schools next year."