LEADER NORRIS CONGRATULATES COVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL FOR BEING SELECTED AS WINNER OF MAJOR EDUCATION SUCCESS AWARD

NASHVILLE, TN), October 29, 2013 – 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.   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 tremendous honor for Covington High School,” said Senator Norris.  “Covington High School is a leader in education success.  I am very proud of the students, parents, teachers and administrative staff at the school and congratulate them for a job well done.”

This is the second year in a row that Covington High School has won the SCORE award.  The school was chosen after a rigorous two-step selection process.  In the first stage, finalists were identified through a weighted criteria selection process that took into account growth from the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) and performance on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP). College-readiness data, such as ACT and graduation rates, were considered for high schools and districts.

SCORE also awarded a $500 scholarship to the winner of the first Students Rise to the Challenge competition in 2012, Rolanda Mack, a senior at Covington High.

“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.”

Covington High School has an enrollment of nearly 750 students and an outstanding graduation rate of 97 percent. On the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System, Covington High has achieved one of the highest Algebra I scores in the state, with growth at 49.3.

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