Two East Tennessee schools win SCORE prizes

Two East Tennessee schools win SCORE prizes

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - One East Tennessee school and an entire local school district were each recognized for improved student achievement by state officials.

John Sevier Elementary in Maryville and Hamblen County Schools were named two of the 2012 SCORE prize winners.

John Sevier Elementary won $10,000 and Hamblen County Schools won $25,000 for the achievement.

Winners were chosen on TCAP score improvement, attendance rates, college-readiness data, and socioeconomic status.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) announced the four winners of the 2012 SCORE Prize Monday night in Nashville.

The event was attended by Gov. Bill Haslam, SCORE Chairman and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman, SCORE President and CEO Jamie Woodson.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also spoke via video to the crowd.

"Our ultimate goal is that every student graduates from high school prepared for college and the workforce," SCORE Chairman Bill Frist said.  "These schools and districts are proof points for what works in making progress towards that goal."

Other state winners included Rose Park Math and Science Magnet of the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Covington High School in Tipton County.

"The stories of these schools and districts are inspiring," said SCORE President and CEO Jamie Woodson. "The SCORE Prize is an opportunity for all of us to share their stories of success."

John Sevier Elementary was recognized specifically for improving math and reading scores and narrowing the gap between economically disadvantaged students and other students.

Hamblen County Schools was recognized for test score improvements in algebra, the number of students enrolled in AP or IB courses and the pass rate on AP exams.

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