|The Loudon County School District had been chosen as
a finalist in the SCORE competition which had they been chosen would
have resulted in a $25,000.00 prize for the system. Unfortunately, the
system did not win. The Maryville City School System was chosen as the
Better luck next year.
September 20, 2011
Three Schools and One School District Recognized For
Dramatically Improving Student Achievement
(Nashville) - The State Collaborative on
Reforming Education (SCORE) tonight announced the four
winners of the first annual SCORE Prize Award at an event at
the historic Ryman Auditorium. The winners, three schools
and one school district, were recognized for dramatically
improving student achievement in spite of the challenges
they face. The awards show featured remarks from Tennessee
Governor Bill Haslam, SCORE Chairman and former U.S. Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Commissioner of
Education Kevin Huffman, and SCORE CEO Jamie Woodson. The
evening concluded with a performance by Grammy-nominated
country music artist Josh Turner.
The 2011 SCORE Prize winners are:
“Tonight is a celebration of excellence in public
education," said SCORE Chairman Bill Frist. “The SCORE Prize
winners are truly examples of success, and prove that even
in the face of challenges it is possible to improve learning
outcomes for all students. We recognize and commend their
accomplishments in preparing more and more students for
college and the workforce.”
Fairview Elementary, Anderson County
Power Center Academy, Memphis
Mt. Juliet High School, Wilson County
Maryville City Schools
The SCORE Prize school winners received $10,000, and the
district winner received $25,000. Winners were chosen in a
two-step process; the first stage identified finalists
through a multi-staged criteria selection process that set
benchmarks for attendance rate, TVAAS growth, and TCAP
improvement, and awarded bonus points for ACT
college-readiness benchmark rates and college-going rates,
among others; the second stage consisted of site visits of
the finalists to document the policies and practices that
have enabled schools and districts to make significant gains
in student achievement.
About the Winners
In the coming weeks, SCORE will release videos and case
studies of all 12 SCORE Prize finalists. This work will be
used to highlight best practices in improving public
education in Tennessee.
- Fairview Elementary serves 278 students in Anderson
County. 60.6 percent of the school’s students are
economically disadvantaged. In the last year, the school
has increased its number of students who are proficient
or advanced on the math TCAP from the 30th decile to the
50th decile. Fairview’s three-year TVAAS growth average
is 14.01 in math and 8.99 in reading.
- Power Center Academy serves 191 students in Memphis.
The school is a charter school, and 85 percent of the
school’s students are economically disadvantaged. In the
last year, the school has increased its number of
students who are proficient or advanced on the math TCAP
from the 20th to the 30th decile. Power Center Academy’s
three-year TVAAS growth average is 9.72 in math and 6.93
in reading. Over the last year, the school has narrowed
the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged
and non-economically disadvantaged students by 9.82
points in reading and 18.66 points in math.
- Mt. Juliet High School serves 1,775 students in
Wilson County. The school’s three-year TVAAS growth
average is 8.38 in Algebra I and 5.72 in English II.
Over the last year, the school has narrowed the
achievement gap between Hispanic and white students by
16.41 points in math. The school’s three-year ACT
average is 21.
- Maryville City Schools serves 4,890 students in East
Tennessee. 33.1 percent of the district’s students are
economically disadvantaged. The district’s three-year
TVAAS growth average is 14.3 in math, 3.8 in reading,
5.0 in Algebra I, and 4.0 in English II. The district’s
three-year ACT average is 23.8. Over the last year, the
district has narrowed the achievement gap between
Hispanic and white students by 29.33 points in math.
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works with
state and local governments to encourage sound policy
decisions in public education and advance innovative reform
on a statewide basis.