Boston Public Schools
Bridgeport Public Schools, Conn.
Jersey City School District, N.J.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
New York City Department of Education
The Broad (pronounced "brode") Prize for Urban Education honors the
nation's urban school districts that improve student achievement while
reducing achievement gaps among ethnic groups and between high- and
low-income students. The Prize is the largest education award in the
country given to a single school district.
The winner of The Broad Prize will receive $500,000 in scholarships
for graduating seniors. Each finalist district will receive $125,000 in
scholarships. The winner will be announced on Sept. 20 at the Museum of
Modern Art in New York City.
"The strength of our nation depends on the strength of our schools,
especially those in large urban districts that serve so many of our
children," said Eli Broad, founder of The Broad Foundation. "Broad
Prize finalist districts are doing what some say is impossible -
improving students' performance, regardless of their race or family
income - while at the same time closing persistent achievement gaps.
Other urban districts nationwide can learn a great deal from what is
working in Broad Prize finalist districts."
The Broad Prize was started in 2002. The inaugural winner was the
Houston Independent School District, followed by two California
districts -- Long Beach Unified School District in 2003 and Garden
Grove Unified School District in 2004 -- and Norfolk Public Schools in
Virginia last year.
This is the second year the New York City Department of Education
has been a finalist, and the fifth year that Boston Public Schools has
been a contender for the education award.
This year, 100 urban school districts nationwide were eligible for
The Broad Prize. The five finalist districts were selected based on a
rigorous review of data compiled and analyzed by the National Center
for Educational Accountability (NCEA). A review board of 16 prominent
educational leaders from across the country evaluated the data and
selected the five finalist districts.
Over the next two months, teams of educational researchers and
practitioners will conduct site visits at each of the finalist school
districts to gather statistical and qualitative information, including
interviews with district administrators, focus groups with teachers and
principals, and classroom observations. The teams will also talk to
parents, community leaders, school board members and union
representatives. The performance data and site visit reports then will
be presented to a selection jury, comprised of 13 prominent individuals
nationwide from business, industry, education and public service, to
choose the winning school district.
The National Center for Educational Accountability, based in Austin,
Texas, is a collaborative effort of the Education Commission of the
States, the University of Texas at Austin, and Just for the Kids. NCEA
identifies best practices within school districts and schools and
shares them with practitioners to promote widespread school
improvement. NCEA's Internet address is www.nc4ea.org.
The Broad Foundation is a Los Angeles-based venture philanthropy
established in 1999 by Eli and Edythe Broad. The Foundation's mission
is to dramatically improve student achievement in urban public school
districts through better governance, management, labor relations and
competition. The Broad Foundation's Internet address is www.broadfoundation.org.