The third annual SCORE Prize honored Norman Smith Elementary (Clarksville-Montgomery County), Frank P. Brown Elementary (Cumberland County), Covington High School (Tipton County), and Trousdale County Schools for their work that has led to dramatic improvements in student achievement. On Monday, October 28, the leaders from these schools and district had the opportunity to celebrate with the state’s top leaders—including Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam – and to hear a performance by country music artist Jo Dee Messina during an event at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. To relive the event, the SCORE team has put together a recap video with highlights from that evening.

Over the last three years, we have learned a lot about the amazing things happening in schools and districts throughout our state to prepare students for success after high school.

We have seen leaders instill the belief that all children can and should achieve at high levels in their faculty and provide the supports to help them meet those goals. We have seen teachers push students to think deeply, explain their answers, and set their sights beyond what they thought they could do. We have seen communities serve as active and engaged partners by providing the resources that connect what’s happening in classrooms to the world of work. We have seen students take ownership over their learning, chart their progress toward goals, and hold all us accountable for preparing them for success.

The stories of our four winners, and all twelve of the SCORE Prize finalists, are inspiring. But more than this, they serve as guideposts for what is possible. Please watch the video, visit the SCORE Prize website, and watch for future posts on The SCORE Sheet to learn more about the best practices used by the finalists and winners.