New York, NY (PRWEB) April 6, 2010
Gwinnett County Public Schools outside Atlanta, Georgia earned a spot as one of five 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. The announcement drew praise from officials at Pearson, the global leader in education and education technology.
"The Gwinnett County public school system is setting a national example for what can be accomplished when a school district is unwaveringly focused on its belief that all students can achieve at very high levels," said Mark Shufelt, Pearson's Regional Vice President for Georgia. "The people of Gwinnett County should be proud of their teachers and students, and we congratulate them 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 a finalist, Gwinnett County is guaranteed a minimum of $250,000 in college scholarships for its students.
Among the reasons that Gwinnett was chosen as a 2010 Broad Prize finalist:
- In 2009, Gwinnett outperformed other Georgia districts that serve students with similar family income levels in reading and math at all school levels (elementary, middle and high school), according to The Broad Prize methodology.
- In recent years, Gwinnett has narrowed achievement gaps between both African-American and Hispanic students and white students in reading at all school levels and in elementary and middle school math. For example, between 2007 and 2009, the gap between Gwinnett's African-American and white students in middle school math narrowed by 8 percentage points.
- In 2009, the achievement gaps between African-American and white students in Gwinnett were among the smallest in the state in reading at all school levels and in elementary and middle school math.
- Between 2006 and 2009, participation rates rose for African-American and Hispanic students taking the SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement exams. For example, between 2006 and 2009, the participation rate for African-American high school seniors on SAT exams increased by 9 percentage points.
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