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PTHS chosen for Title I honor

Posted: September 16, 2011 4:17 p.m.
Updated: September 19, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Pine Tree Hill Elementary School is one of three schools statewide to be honored by the South Carolina Association of Title I Administrators for closing the achievement gap.  Of the more than 500 Title I schools in South Carolina, Pine Tree Hill ranked in the top three in improving student achievement among students who have historically scored lower than their peers.

“This award is a tremendous distinction for a Title I school,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan. “The Pine Tree Hill Elementary School family is to be congratulated for their hard work to increase student performance.  This is a great accomplishment.”

The school will receive a $5,000 professional development grant from the S.C. Department of Education and will be officially recognized at the state Title I conference where it will make a presentation on its successful programs.

Pine Tree Hill Elementary Principal Lisa Shannon said she is proud of the school’s gains in student achievement.

Shannon said steady test score increases in the past two years -- all subjects have average gains between 10 and 23 percent -- helped the school make AYP for the past two years and lifted previous mandated federal school improvement requirements.

This past school year, Pine Tree Hill made significant gains in science with an average increase of 25 percent. Fourth- and fifth-grade students made average gains of 17 percent in English Language Arts. The school’s fifth-grade students made consistent gains in all subject areas ranging in gains from 15 to 30 percent.  

“This nomination is a great honor for our school,” Shannon said. “Our faculty, students and parents have worked diligently to increase student achievement and progress out of school improvement. This was truly a team effort of which I am very proud of for our Pine Tree Hill family.”

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