Scott’s Branch Middle School has received the Palmetto Silver Award for general performance and for closing the achievement gap in grades 6-8 for the 2011-2012 school year.
Established by the Education Accountability Act of 1998, the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program gives recognition to schools for high levels of academic achievement and high rates of improvement. Since 2008, the EAA also includes awards for schools that closed the gaps in achievement between historically lower- and higher-achieving demographic groups of students as an additional criterion to overall school performance.
Scott’s Branch Middle High School Principal Dr. Gwendolyn Harris said that she was honored by the award.
“The students worked hard and while we recognize the growth that we have made, we still realize that we have a long way to go,” she said.
For the last three years, SBMS has also made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a measurement that determines how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically based on results of standardized tests.
“I would like to commend the administrative team, faculty, staff and students in earning this award,” said Clarendon School District 1 Superintendent Dr. Rose H. Wilder.