On Monday night, the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) announced the winners of the 2012 SCORE prize during an event at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
The winners, three schools and one school district, were recognized for dramatically improving student achievement.
Metro Nashville's Rose Park Math and Science Magnet Middle School was awarded the SCORE prize out of middle schools throughout the state.
The other winners included John Sevier Elementary of Maryville City Schools, Covington High School of Tipton County Schools and Hamblen County Schools.
The SCORE prize awards $10,000 to the elementary, middle and high school and $25,000 to one district in Tennessee that have most dramatically improved student achievement.
According to the organization, winners were chosen in a two-step process; the first stage identified finalists through a weighted criteria selection process that took into account TVAAS growth and TCAP improvement.
This process also factored in attendance rates and socioeconomic status. College-readiness data, such as ACT and college-going rates, were considered for high schools and districts.
The second stage consisted of site visits to the finalists to document the policies and practices that have enabled them to make significant gains in student achievement.
"The success at Rose Park is due to several reasons, number one the teachers have a great heart they all want to be there they all love the kids plus they're pretty much data driven, they understand the complexities of school life, the needs of the children and when you put that all together and you go that extra mile this is what you get," Robert Blankenship, Rose Park Magnet Middle School principal told Nashville's News 2.
SCORE president & CEO Jaime Woodson added, "Certainly the children are making great gains but what's behind that and what are the tactics and strategies and we were really inspired by what we found in each of these schools."
SCORE aims to recognize those schools and districts, highlight and share their best practices, and show other schools and districts throughout Tennessee that improvement is possible.