Maryville High School, John Sevier Elementary and the Maryville City School System were announced as SCORE Prize finalists Wednesday, Sept. 7, and are in the running for $35,000 in total prize money.
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) on Sept. 7 announced the 12 finalists for the inaugural SCORE Prize Award. The Prize will be awarded to the elementary, middle and high school, along with one school district in Tennessee that have most dramatically improved student achievement in spite of the challenges they face.
The winners of the SCORE Prize will be announced at an event at the historic Ryman Auditorium at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20.
The event will be hosted by SCORE Chairman and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and will feature a performance by Grammy-nominated country music star Josh Turner. Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman will make remarks during the event.
In the running for $10,000 prizes are John Sevier Elementary and Maryville High School and in the running for $25,000 in prize money is the Maryville City School System.
The 12 SCORE Prize finalists in the Elementary category are: Charlotte Elementary in Dickson County, Fairview Elementary in Anderson County and John Sevier Elementary in Maryville City.
In the Middle School category are: Jo Byrns High School in Robertson County, Power Center Academy in Memphis and South Cumberland Elementary in Cumberland County.
In the High School category are: Fred J. Page High School in Williamson County, Maryville High School in Maryville City and Mt. Juliet High School in Wilson County.
In the District category are: Loudon County Schools, Maryville City Schools and Williamson County Schools.
“In awarding The SCORE Prize, SCORE aims to recognize those schools and districts in Tennessee that are doing the hard work of education reform,” said Frist. “These schools and districts are preparing more and more students for college and the workforce. We will highlight and share their best practices, and show other schools and districts throughout Tennessee that improvement is possible.”
The SCORE Prize will award $10,000 to the elementary, middle, and high school and $25,000 to one district in Tennessee that have most dramatically improved student achievement. Winners are 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.
The SCORE Prize event is being held in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Education’s annual LEAD Conference. To learn more about the selection process and the selection committee, and find information about attending the event, visit: www.tnscore.org/scoreprize.