Senator Southerland congratulates Hamblen County Schools for being selected as winner of major education success award

(NASHVILLE, TN), October 9, 2012 – State Senator Steve Southerland (R-Morristown) today congratulated the Hamblen County School System for being selected for the top honor awarded by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).   The $25,000 prize was awarded to Hamblen County School Superintendent Dale Lynch by former Senate Majority Leader and SCORE Chairman Bill Frist to highlight and reward success in education in Tennessee as Governor Bill Haslam, Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman, SCORE President Jamie Woodson and Senator Southerland looked on.


“This is a tremendous honor for our schools,” said Senator Southerland.  “I am very proud of the students, parents, teachers and administrative staff in our school system.  Congratulations to all of them.”


The schools were chosen after a rigorous two-step selection process and evaluated based on a weighted criteria selection utilizing the TVASS and TCAP scores.  The process also factored in attendance rates and socioeconomic status.


“Our ultimate goal is that every student graduates from high school prepared for college and the workforce,” SCORE Chairman Bill Frist said in a press release issued by SCORE.  “These schools and districts are proof points for what works in making progress towards that goal.  This is a night to celebrate the success of teachers, principals, administrators, parents, and most importantly, students.”


Hamblen County Schools serves 9,615 students in East Tennessee. SCORE said that sixty-two percent of the district’s students are classified as economically disadvantaged. The district’s three-year TVAAS growth average is 13.9 in Algebra I, meaning the district is helping its students make great gains in this area.  Thirty-nine percent of the district’s high school students are enrolled in AP or IB courses, and the district has a 61 percent pass rate on AP exams, their report says.


“I know we will continue to see great success from these schools in the future,” Southerland continued.  “This is a well-deserved recognition and we are proud of all the hard work done at these exceptional schools.”




To learn more about the 2012 winners and finalists or the Prize selection process, visit

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