Pearson Congratulates Five School District Finalists for Prestigious Broad Prize

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Prize honors districts making the greatest progress in student achievement

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The announcement that five school districts are finalists for the 2010 Broad Prize for Urban Education, an annual $2 million award honoring districts that demonstrate the best student performance while reducing achievement gaps, drew praise from officials at Pearson, the global leader in education and education technology.

This year's finalists are:

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, N.C.
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools outside Atlanta
  • Montgomery County Public Schools, Md.
  • Socorro Independent School District, El Paso, Texas
  • Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso, Texas

"These urban school districts are national models for what works for children in the classroom, showing what focused leadership and great teaching in public school districts can achieve," said Peter Cohen, Pearson's chief executive officer of school curriculum. "We congratulate the five districts on this impressive accomplishment."

The winner of The Broad Prize, to be announced Oct. 19, will receive $1 million in college scholarships for high school seniors graduating in 2011. The four other districts     will each receive $250,000 in college scholarships. Having been named as finalists, each of the five districts is guaranteed a minimum of $250,000 in college scholarships for its students.

The Broad Prize for Urban Education is the largest education award in the country given to school districts that demonstrate the best overall performance and improvement in student achievement while reducing gaps among ethnic groups and between low- and non-low-income students.

Every year, 100 of America's largest urban school districts are automatically eligible for The Broad Prize; they cannot apply or be nominated. A review board of 18 prominent education researchers, policy leaders, practitioners and executives from leading universities, national education associations, think tanks and foundations selected the 2010 finalists.

In the 2010 Broad Prize finalist districts, African-American, Hispanic and low-income students outperformed their statewide counterparts in 2009 on state assessments in reading and math. The districts also made progress in closing academic achievement gaps among minority and low-income students and all five districts made significant gains in preparing students academically for college.

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