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One school and one district in East Tennessee are finalists for this year's SCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education) prize.

Highland Park Elementary School in Loudon County is a finalist in the elementary category. SCORE says the school, whice serves more than 350 students in grades PK-4, "has shown strong growth, particularly in math and reading, and has progressed in closing achievement gaps, particularly in reading" in the last three years.

Maryville City Schools is one of three district finalists. SCORE says "The district has demonstrated strong growth in nearly every subject, most notably in math and science. Maryville also has seen strong three-year ACT growth and performance." Maryville won the district SCORE Prize in 2011 and was a finalist in 2012.

The prize recognizes public schools and districts that are leaders in student learning.

"The SCORE Prize recognizes public schools and school districts that exemplify how to improve academic performance even as we raise academic expectations in our state," SCORE President and CEO Jamie Woodson said. "Each of the 2014 SCORE Prize finalists is demonstrating remarkable success in preparing students for college and careers. We applaud them, their educators, their students, their parents, and their communities for leading the way in ensuring that every Tennessee student graduates prepared for college and the workforce."

Winning schools get $10-thousand dollars. The district gets $25-thousand.

Winners will be announced in October.

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