(NASHVILLE, TN), October 29, 2013 – State Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) today congratulated students, staff, and parents at Norman Smith Elementary School in Clarksville for receiving the top award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) for Kindergarten through grade five. Green said the SCORE Prize, which is based on data of performance on state assessment measures, is one of the most coveted awards that a Tennessee school can receive.
The $10,000 prize was awarded to the school by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and SCORE Chairman Bill Frist in a ceremony to highlight and reward success in education in Tennessee.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Norman Smith Elementary,” said Senator Green. “The administrative staff, teachers, parents and students at Norman Smith Elementary should be very proud. There is a lot of hard work being done and it is reflected in student scores and outcomes.”
Norman Smith Elementary serves about 570 students. Although more than 77 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged, the school has narrowed the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program achievement gap between lower-income and higher-income students by 22 points in math and by 16 points in reading between 2011 and 2013. The school’s TCAP proficiency rates exceed the state averages by 8 points in reading, nearly 12 points in math, and more than 14 points in science.
“Our Prize winners and finalists have shown that it is possible to prepare all of our students to be successful in college and the workforce,” Frist said. “The stories we heard from teachers, principals, district leaders, students, and other stakeholders are powerful. And they are proof points for what works.”
To learn more about the 2013 winners and finalists or the Prize selection process, visit the SCORE Prize website.