Congratulations to the 2021 School on the Move Winner – the James Otis Elementary School! Learn more about all three three terrific finalists below and here.
The 2021 School on the Move Prize Ceremony can be viewed in its entirety here.
About the Prize
Each fall, the School on the Move Prize recognizes one of the most improving Boston Public Schools. Acknowledging the tremendous effort needed to ensure every student in Boston receives a world-class education, we seek to shine a light on those schools, leaders, and teachers who create and continuously improve learning environments where all students thrive, demonstrated through significantly improved outcomes for students. By sharing the stories of how schools improve, we hope to help more schools make significant progress for their students. The School on the Move Prize comes with a $100,000 award from EdVestors, public recognition, and the opportunity for the winning school to document and share replicable strategies. Two runners up each receive a $10,000 award.
Like many aspects of our lives over the past year, the 2021 Prize will be different in a few ways. We are delighted to be opening the invitation to apply to many formerly eligible schools from over the past five years of the Prize. More details on the eligibility criteria can be found on page 2. We are interested in learning how Boston’s most improving schools have utilized their foundation of strong practices to pivot during the ongoing pandemic and the disruptions it has brought to our education systems. In excavating your lessons learned from the past year of remote and hybrid learning, our goal is to advance conversations about potential key levers to aid the recovery and reimagining of learning in the coming years.
Prize Criteria & Finalists
Each spring, EdVestors invites a select group of Boston public schools to apply for the School on the Move Prize based on a rigorous quantitative screen of student achievement using historical and current state standardized assessment data. The criteria identify schools with improvement that is substantially higher than their peers’ in one or both core subjects (English Language Arts and Math), as compared to BPS schools serving similar grades, with additional criteria related to school performance, student demographics, and graduation rates for high schools.
Like many aspects of our lives over the past year, the 2021 Prize will be different in a few ways. School on the Move Prize eligibility criteria traditionally begins with a screen of MCAS data over a four-year period. As MCAS was not administered in 2020, we are excited to be opening the invitation to apply to many of our former eligible schools from over the past five years. We are eager to learn how Boston’s most improving schools have utilized their foundation of strong practices to pivot during the ongoing pandemic and the disruptions it has brought to our education systems. In excavating lessons learned from the past year of remote and hybrid learning, our goal is to advance conversations about potential key levers to aid the recovery & reimagining of learning in the coming years.
Typically, only 5-10% of schools each year meet the eligibility criteria and receive invitations to apply for the Prize. Invited schools are asked to prepare a written Prize application that details how they achieved dramatic improvement and outlines the strategies and best practices they employed. EdVestors’ Prize Selection Panel reviews applications and conducts site visits before announcing the winner at our annual Prize Ceremony.
School on the Move Prize applications are accepted from Boston Public Schools by invitation only.
2021 Eligible Schools
Samuel Adams Elementary
Alighieri Dante Montessori School
Manassah E. Bradley Elementary
Edward Everett Elementary
Curtis Guild Elementary
Nathan Hale Elementary
Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary
John F. Kennedy Elementary
Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary
Thomas J. Kenny Elementary
James Otis Elementary
Michael J. Perkins Elementary
William E. Russell Elementary
Charles Sumner Elementary
Dennis Haley K-8
Joseph Hurley K-8
William Ohrenberger School
Oliver Hazard Perry K-8
Maurice Tobin K-8
Jeremiah E. Burke High School
East Boston High School
Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers
New Mission High School
Eligibility note: Because MCAS was not administered in 2020, all schools who have been eligible in the past five years (2016-2020) and meet other baseline criteria are up for consideration in 2021.