On October 26, 2015, the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) announced the winners of the 5th Annual SCORE Prize which honors Tennessee public schools and school districts based on student achievement results that make them leaders in learning in the state. RMC Research staff helped SCORE to devise the Prize process, conducted document reviews, and participated in visits to finalist sites (9 schools and 3 districts) in fall 2015 to help inform the selection process. Visits included classroom observations, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews. A scoring rubric is used that is aligned with four research-based practices shown to increased student achievement: embracing high standards, cultivating strong leadership, ensuring excellent teachings, and using data to enhance student learning.
The 2015 SCORE Prize winners are:
Delano Optional School, a technology focused school in Shelby County Schools (Memphis), in the elementary school category.
New Vision Academy, a public charter school in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, in the middle school category.
The Soulsville Charter School, a public charter school in Shelby County Schools (Memphis), in the high school category.
Trousdale County Schools in Middle Tennessee in the district category.
Each school winner receives $10,000 and the district winner receives $25,000. The three schools and district will be highlighted throughout the year as examples of success in public education whose work can be replicated in schools and districts across Tennessee to improve student achievement.
For more information on the SCORE Prize and winners, see http://tnscore.org/2015-score-prize-winners-trousdale-delano-new-vision-soulsville/ and http://tnscore.org/scoreprize/learn.php