Ten Kershaw County schools honored in state academic achievement program
Ten Kershaw County schools were recognized this week by the State Department of Education for academic achievement and closing achievement gaps in 2015.
“The Palmetto Gold and Silver awards honor the top performing schools in our state,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan. “I greatly appreciate the extraordinary efforts of our staff, students and families to earn recognition at this level.”
The state awards program recognizes schools with high levels of absolute performance, high rates of growth and substantial progress in closing achievement gaps between groups of students. The program includes two parts—recognition for general school performance as well as progress in closing achievement gaps between groups of students.
Schools received general awards for overall performance based on both the absolute and growth ratings and the growth index found on school report cards. Nine schools—ATEC, Baron DeKalb Elementary, Camden Elementary, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Lugoff-Elgin Middle, Mt. Pisgah Elementary, North Central High and Wateree Elementary—received Gold Awards in the general performance category. Leslie M. Stover Middle received a Silver Award for general performance.
For the second award category, schools received recognition for closing the achievement gap based on academic gains made by students who fall into four subgroups—African-American students, Hispanic students, students participating in federal free or reduced-price lunch programs and students with non-speech disabilities.
Camden Elementary, Lugoff Elementary, Mt. Pisgah Elementary and Leslie M. Stover Middle received Silver Awards for closing the achievement gap.
“This is another indication that our schools are working hard and earning outstanding results,” Morgan said. “This is great news. I am very pleased.”
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