Three Metro Schools named SCORE Prize finalists for 2015

TWO. YEARS. IN A ROW. SCORE (the State Collaborative on Reforming Education) has released its latest list of SCORE Prize finalists. This year there are THREE (3!) Metro schools on the list, including TWO (2!) repeats:

New Vision is the new addition to this list, and KIPP and MLK both appeared on the list last year. The SCORE Prize recognizes the schools and school districts that are leaders in student learning, particularly those "significant and sustained academic achievement."

From the SCORE website:

  • KIPP Academy Nashville is a public charter school serving roughly 350 students in grades 5-8, and the school was a SCORE Prize finalist in 2014. KIPP students outperform the state average in reading, math, and science, and the school has shown strong growth in math and science over the past three years.
  • MLK Magnet, a middle and high school, serves approximately 800 students in grades 9-12 in Nashville. Nearly 100 percent of the high school students score proficient or advanced on end-of-course exams in English II, Algebra I and II and Biology. MLK boasts a tremendous college-going culture – students have an average ACT score of 25.8 over three years, 100 percent of students graduate high school within four years, and more than 90 percent go on to college.
  • New Vision Academy is a public charter school in Nashville serving more than 175 students in grades 5-8. New Vision has experienced strong gains over the past three years across reading, math, and science. Student scores in science are more than 10 points above the state average.

SCORE Prize winners in each school category will each receive $10,000. The overall winner will receive $25,000. Winners will be announced October 26 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The event will be hosted by SCORE Chairman and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and will highlight the outstanding work of the finalists. Musician and actor Charles Esten, who stars as Deacon in ABC’s Nashville, will provide a special musical performance.