Pearson Congratulates Charlotte-Mecklenburg 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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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina 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 Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system is a national example of the incredible learning that can take place when a district is relentlessly focused on its students and what they are capable of achieving," said Mark Shufelt, Pearson's Regional Vice President for North Carolina. "The people of Charlotte-Mecklenburg 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, Charlotte-Mecklenburg is guaranteed a minimum of $250,000 in college scholarships for its students.

Among the reasons that Charlotte-Mecklenburg was chosen as a 2010 Broad Prize finalist:

  • In 2009, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's African-American and Hispanic students achieved higher

average proficiency rates than their counterparts in North Carolina in reading and math at all
school levels.

  • In recent years, Charlotte-Mecklenburg narrowed achievement gaps between its African-

American and white students in reading and math at all school levels. In addition, Charlotte-
Mecklenburg narrowed achievement gaps between its Hispanic and white students in math at
all school levels, and in middle and high school reading. For example, between 2007 and 2009,
the gap between Hispanic and white students in high school math narrowed by 9 percentage

  • In 2009, a greater percentage of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's African-American and Hispanic

students performed at the highest achievement level on state reading and math assessments at
all school levels than did their counterparts statewide.

  • Between 2006 and 2009, SAT exam scores and participation rates increased for African-American and Hispanic high school seniors in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. For example, during this period, SAT exam scores for African-American high school seniors increased by 21 points while participation rates rose by 5 percentage points.

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