Pearson Congratulates Montgomery County Public Schools as Finalist for Prestigious Broad Prize

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Prize honors districts making the greatest progress in student achievement

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Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland 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 Montgomery County school system is producing spectacular academic results, raising the bar for the rest of the nation," said Pearson's Maryland District Manager David Graham. "The people of Montgomery 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, Montgomery County is guaranteed a minimum of $250,000 in college scholarships for its students.

Among the reasons that Montgomery County was chosen as a 2010 Broad Prize finalist:

  • Montgomery County, which serves nearly 36,000 low-income students, outperformed other Maryland districts that serve students with similar family incomes in reading and math at all school levels (elementary, middle and high school) in 2009, according to The Broad Prize methodology.
  • In 2009, Montgomery County's African-American students achieved higher average proficiency rates than their counterparts statewide in reading and math at all school levels. Additionally, in 2009, Montgomery County's low-income students achieved higher average proficiency rates than their counterparts statewide in elementary and middle school reading and in middle and high school math.
  • In recent years, Montgomery County narrowed achievement gaps between its African- American and Hispanic students and white students statewide in elementary and middle school reading and math. For example, between 2006 and 2009, Montgomery County narrowed the gap between its African-American students and the state's white students in middle school reading by 13 percentage points.
  • Between 2006 and 2009, participation rates in Advanced Placement exams increased for Montgomery County's African-American and Hispanic students. For example, participation rates for Hispanic students increased by 6 percentage points during this period.

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