COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Department of Education announced Monday the recipients of the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for the 2011-2012 school year using criteria established by the Education Oversight Committee. Last school year, 853 schools were recognized for General Performance, Closing the Achievement Gap, or qualifying in both categories.
Of the award recipients, 612 schools were recognized for General Performance only, 39 were recognized for Closing the Achievement Gap only, and 202 schools were recognized for their performance in both General Performance and Closing the Achievement Gap. Schools recognized in both categories could achieve Gold in both, Silver in both, or one of each designation. This is the fourth year of closing the achievement gap has been honored as part of the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program.