Enquirer Herald

9 Clover schools earn Palmetto awards

For the first time ever, all nine schools in Clover have been awarded a Palmetto Gold or Silver award for either academic performance or for closing the achievement gap.

Three schools — Clover High, Oakridge Middle, and Griggs Road Elementary — were recognized in both areas. The trio of schools each earned Palmetto Gold for general performance and Palmetto Silver for closing the achievement gap.

In addition, the following schools earned Palmetto Gold Awards for general performance: Bethany Elementary, Bethel Elementary, Larne Elementary, and Crowders Creek Elementary.

Established by the Education Accountability Act, the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program gives recognition to schools that attain high levels of absolute performance and schools that attain high rates of growth.

Beginning in 2008, the program included awards for schools that close the gaps in achievement between historically lower-and-higher-achieving demographic groups of students.