Felton Laboratory School Awarded 2013-2014 Palmetto Gold Award

Monday, April 14, 2014

Felton Laboratory School has received the coveted 2013-2014 Palmetto Gold Award presented by the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Located on the campus of SC State University, Felton is among 592 schools and careers centers across the state to earn the Palmetto Gold or Silver Award distinction from the Department of Education for general performance, closing the achievement gap or qualifying in both categories. It is one of only 65 schools awarded the Gold designation for both general performance and closing the achievement gap.

“These top 5 percent truly are our superstars,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Mick Zais.

Just last year, the Department of Education, rated Felton with an “A” letter grade in its annual 2013 School Report Card. The school received a numerical score of 99.4 indicating its performance substantially exceeds expectations, as measured by the state’s accountability system.

Felton Laboratory School Executive Director Gloria D. Winkler credits the commitment and support of all members of the Junior Bulldog family for helping the school earn such a distinction.

“I am excited about the recognition we received, as we have received it the past couple of years. I credit the dedication of the Felton Laboratory staff and the cooperation of our parents,” said Winkler.  “The students always live up to our motto: Felton is a place where high expectations yield high results,” she said.

The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program, founded in 1998, recognizes schools for general performance and closing the achievement gap. Within those two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation. This is the sixth year that closing the achievement gap has been included as part of the program.

To see the list of specific winners, and to view the award criteria, which were based upon the EOC’s 2012-13 Accountability Manual and Addendum, visit www.ed.sc.gov.