"The process of going after the Prize was wonderful for us because we had to look at the facts. Once we became a winner of the School on the Move Prize, it opened doors. We were put on the map."
- Margaret Zenga, Student Development Coordinator of Excel High School
EdVestors launched the Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move Prize in 2006 to recognize rapidly improving schools that have made exemplary progress in advancing the academic achievement of all students. Each fall, the $100,000 Prize is awarded to the most improving school following a thorough quantitative and qualitative review. EdVestors has awarded the Prize to the following schools:
2006: Sarah Greenwood K-8 School, Dorchester
2007: Excel High School, South Boston
2008: Samuel Mason Elementary School, Roxbury
2009: Boston Community Leadership Academy, Brighton
2010: Joseph Lee Elementary School, Dorchester
2011: Clarence R. Edwards Middle School, Charlestown
2012: New Mission High School, Hyde Park
The selection process begins with a quantitative data review to identify the most improving Boston Public Schools, using publicly available MCAS student achievement data. These schools are invited to submit a narrative application detailing the strategies and ongoing efforts that led to this improvement, with particular attention to strategies used for specific sub-groups of students (including students with special needs or with limited English proficiency). Following qualitative review of these applications, a smaller number of schools are selected for school site visits by EdVestors and the School on the Move Selection Panel, a volunteer panel consisting of leaders from the corporate and higher education sectors, to identify the final award-winning school. The Prize is presented each October at a special event hosted by EdVestors and the Prize sponsors.