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5 SC schools win National Blue Ribbon awards

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Five South Carolina schools won 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today. 

The U.S. Department of Education says that schools chosen as National Blue Ribbon recipients are models of excellence that other schools can emulate. Winners are either academically superior or demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

The 2013 recipients include:

  • Okatie Elementary; Beaufort County School District
  • Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology; Darlington County School District
  • Flowertown Elementary; Dorchester School District 2
  • Ware Shoals Elementary; Greenwood School District 51
  • New Prospect Elementary; Spartanburg School District 1

"The South Carolina Department of Education commends these schools for earning this prestigious distinction," said Dr. Mick Zais, South Carolina State Superintendent of Education.  "The students, parents, teachers, and administrators at these schools deserve all the credit for their success."

Official award ceremonies will take place in Washington D.C. on Nov. 18-19, 2013, where the 286 national winners will receive Blue Ribbon School flags and engraved plaques as symbols of their success. The National Blue Ribbon program was modified in 2001, allowing the USED to determine how many nominees each state can submit.  The winning schools have to meet one of the criteria listed below:

  • Schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds and that show dramatic improvement in test scores to high levels in English language arts and mathematics.
  • Schools, regardless of their demographics, that achieve in the top 10 percent of schools in the state.

All five of South Carolina's National Blue Ribbon Schools Award winners have 50 percent or more of their student population from disadvantaged backgrounds.  All five schools received a letter grade of "A" on their 2012 federal accountability report cards.  On the 2013 federal accountability ESEA waiver metrics, four schools received an "A" and one school received a "B".

Okatie Elementary School (Beaufort County School District)

Okatie Elementary earned a score of 97.1 (A) on SC's ESEA waiver metrics in 2012 and a 98.7 (A) in 2013. On its State Report Card, the school has had both an absolute and growth rating of "Excellent" for the past three years (2010-2012).

Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology (Darlington County School District)

Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology earned a score of 100 (A) on SC's ESEA waiver metrics in 2012 and a 95.8 (A) in 2013. On its State Report Card, the school has had both an absolute and growth rating of "Excellent" for the past three years (2010-2012).

Flowertown Elementary School (Dorchester School District 2)

Flowertown Elementary earned a score of 98.3 on SC's ESEA waiver metrics in 2012 and an 88.3 (B) in 2013.  On its State Report Card, the school has had both an absolute and growth rating of "Excellent" for the past three years (2010-2012).

Ware Shoals Elementary School (Greenwood School District 51)

Ware Shoals Elementary School earned a score of 93.2 on SC's ESEA waiver metrics in 2012 and a perfect score of 100 (A) in 2013.  The State Report Card for 2012 rates it "Excellent" whereas it was rated as "Average" in 2010. 

New Prospect Elementary School (Spartanburg School District 1)

New Prospect Elementary School earned a perfect score of 100 (A) on both its 2012 and 2013 ESEA waiver metrics.  On its State Report Card, the school has had both an absolute and growth rating of "Excellent" for the past three years (2010-2012).

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