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Kingsport City Schools, along with Mount Carmel, McPheeter's Bend elementary schools, finalists for SCORE award

September 10th, 2013 12:10 pm by Rick Wagner

NASHVILLE  — Two Hawkins County elementary schools and the Kingsport school district as a whole are finalists for the third annual SCORE Prize.

The prize will award $10,000 to each elementary, middle and high school winner and $25,000 to the district winner. Winners and finalists are also highlighted throughout the year as part of SCORE’s work to identify and share practices that improve student academic performance.

The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) Tuesday announced the 12 finalists for the third annual SCORE Prize, and the winners be be named Oct. 28.  The prize recognizes the Tennessee elementary, middle, and high schools and school district that have most dramatically improved student achievement.

Here are details on the performance of the three local finalists:

“ — McPheeter’s Bend Elementary has noteworthy three-year growth in reading, math, and science. The school also has strong TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessman Proigram) performance in reading, math, and science. The school has achieved these results while serving a student population that is 64 percent low-income.

“ — Mount Carmel Elementary has strong three-year growth in reading, math, and science. In addition, Mount Carmel has narrowed the TCAP achievement gap between low-income and higher-income students in science by 13.3 points from 2011 to 2013.

“ — Kingsport City Schools has strong growth across many subjects at all levels and particularly notable performance in college readiness with a district-wide ACT composite of 22. Gaps between white and African American students, white and Hispanic students, and low-income and higher-income students have narrowed in both math and science from 2011 to 2013.”

Kingsport will be competing with Greeneville and Trousdale County schools, while the other elementary school in the running is Norman Smith Elementary in the Clarksville-Montgomery County School District.

“Being named as a SCORE Prize finalist is an exciting validation of the hard work being done by teachers, students, administrators and all educators in our schools and classrooms,” KCS Superintendent Lyle Ailshie said. 

For an expanded version of this article, see Wednesday's Kingsport Times-News print edition or paid digital online edition.

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