Thirty York County schools, eight of them in Western York County, are among more than 400 South Carolina schools receiving certificates for student achievement in a program that once rewarded money.
The state Education Department announced Monday that 435 elementary and middle schools received Palmetto Gold or Palmetto Silver awards for 2010 scores on standardized tests. Winning high schools will be announced later.
The Legislature created the program in the 1998 accountability law. Schools are rewarded for high scores and for closing achievement gaps.
That used to mean cash.
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The agency awarded $2.3 million for 2009. Amounts ranged from $1,000 to $25,500 depending on performance and population. There will be no money for this spring's scores.
Schools chief Mick Zais recommends suspending the money again next school year.
Local schools that won awards are:
Bethany Elementary (Gold)
Bethel Elementary (Gold)
Crowders Creek Elementary (Gold)
Griggs Road Elementary (Gold)
Larne Elementary (Gold)
Oakridge Middle (Gold)
Clover Middle (Silver)
Harold C. Johnson Middle (Silver)
Lancaster County schools
Discovery Charter of Lancaster (Gold)
Indian Land Elementary (Silver)
McDonald Green Elementary (Silver)
Indian Land Middle (Silver)
Chester County schools
Academy for Teaching and Learning (Gold)
Lewisville Elementary (Silver)
Lewisville Middle (Gold)