Congratulations to the 2012 Broad Prize Winner, Miami-Dade Public Schools
The purpose of the Broad Prize is to give young people the tools they need to succeed academically, even if they are in low-income areas. Founded 10 years ago, the Broad Prize is the most significant education award in the United States. Just how significant? The award is one million dollars.
Every year, one urban school district is the recipient of this award, and in order to win, the district must be able to show the most drastic overall improvement in student achievement. So why is this organization going to such great lengths to award schools for academic improvement? Look at these statistics:
A million dollars could drastically alter a low-income school’s performance in terms of providing their students with the educational tools and technology they need to build 21st century skills. According to the Broad Prize website, the goals of the organization are 1) reward districts that improve academic levels of underprivileged students, 2) restore the public’s confidence in public schools, 3) create competition and provide incentives for districts to improve, and 4) showcase best practices of thriving districts.
This year’s winner is Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and on behalf of everyone at Compass Learning – congratulations!
If you would like to learn more about the academic improvements at Miami-Dade, and the reasons they were awarded the Broad Prize, download the fact sheet here.
Educators: How do you reward academic excellence? Tell us in the comment section.
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