2012 Value-Added Achievement Awards
In a May 14, 2012 ceremony held at the Tennessee Supreme Court, Education Consumers Foundation President J. E. Stone presented awards of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 to Tennessee's highest performing elementary and middle school principals. (You can see rankings of every elementary school here, and of every middle school here.) Recipients were selected on the basis of their school's most recent 3-year average achievement gains in math and reading/language arts. Only those principals with 5 or more years of service were considered.
The Foundation was honored to see participation Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman, who spoke and served as a co-presenter of the awards.
UPDATES FROM THE 2012 CEREMONY :
Click here for the event press release on the event (PDF file)
Click here for photos from the event
Click here for press clippings (PDF); you can also visit the pages of individual winners to see articles written about them
Dr. Stone, president of the Foundation, offered remarks at the event. A full transcript can be found here; in brief, Dr. Stone noted that schools in Tennessee are just beginning to make use of the State's TVAAS database. Schools like the award winners recognized by the Education Consumers Foundation have been increasing the percentage of 3rd through 5th graders who are proficient in reading by 12 points per year. However, even statewide gains at the rate of the top schools will fail to bring Tennessee to its Race to the Top goals unless there is a significant increase in the percentage of students who have mastered reading by time they have reached grade 3--currently 42%. Happily, a project by a Knoxville foundation has recently demonstrated that skill-building approaches to reading instruction in the earliest grades could dramatically change this picture within a few years.
You can click on the flags below to review information from each winning principal. You can also visit the Value-Added Achievement Awards home page to learn more about the Awards and the ECF School Performance Charts, and see additional applications and analyses of Tennessee's value-added data.