Strategies for Student Success 2015 - Page 59

The SCORE Prize honors public schools and school districts in Tennessee that are leaders in learning. SCORE Prize finalists and winners set themselves apart with outstanding student achievement performance and a commitment to rise to the challenge of preparing all students for postsecondary education and the workforce. The SCORE Prize explores how these schools and districts are achieving success for students, shares their approaches across Tennessee, and rewards their accomplishments with a $10,000 prize to the elementary, middle, and high school winners and a $25,000 prize to the district winners. Every step of the process of identifying SCORE Prize finalists is anchored in academic data. The initial SCORE Prize review process considers all public schools and districts with three years of relevant data. Without knowing the identities of the schools and districts, the SCORE Prize Selection Committee reviews the data to pick three finalists in each category. Then Selection Committee members and SCORE team members visit the schools and districts to observe classrooms, interview the leadership team, and listen to focus groups of teachers, students, and parents to document how the finalists are improving student achievement. The Selection Committee members use the information from the site visits and the achievement data to select the winners, who are revealed at the SCORE Prize event. About SCORE The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) drives collaboration on policy and practice to ensure student success across Tennessee. We are an independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan advocacy and research institution, founded in 2009 by Senator Bill Frist, MD, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. SCORE works collaboratively to support K-12 education throughout Tennessee, and we measure our success by the academic growth of Tennessee’s students. 58