NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) today congratulated Covington High for being selected for the top honor awarded by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) for grades 9-12 for an unprecedented third straight year. The $10,000 prize was awarded to the school by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and SCORE Chairman Bill Frist, who hosted the event held in Nashville to reward success in education in Tennessee.
“For three years in a row, Covington High School has taken the top honors for achieving excellence in education,” said Senator Norris. “There is something very special going on in this school and I am very proud of the students, parents, teachers and administrative staff for a job well done.”
The SCORE Prize winners were selected from among nine schools in three categories and three school districts that were named finalists based on data of their performance on multiple student achievement measures. The SCORE Prize is the hallmark program to recognize Tennessee schools and districts that do outstanding work in raising student achievement, including college readiness performance by high schools and districts. After finalists were selected from among all public schools and districts in Tennessee, a team of state and national education leaders visited each site to see first-hand what these schools and districts are doing to produce outstanding results for students. Results were compiled and reviewed by a selection committee that decided the winners in secret ballot voting.
Covington High School, led by Principal Marcus Heaston, has an enrollment of nearly 750 students and posted strong gains in ACT performance and the college-going rate. The school also has demonstrated strong three-year growth on the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System in Algebra I and II.