Magna Awards recognize school districts for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools.
Alexandria, Va. (April 3, 2013) – Bergenfield (N.J.) Public Schools has been selected as a first place winner in the 19th annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) American School Board Journal
Bergenfield Public Schools is being honored in the under 5,000 enrollment category for its Advanced Placement for ALL program which decreased the district’s number of high school dropouts to zero in 2012. A district-wide approach was used to increase teacher expectations and tailor learning to individual students’ needs. Bergenfield pays AP exam fees for low-income students and has increased student access to computers. As a result, the percentage of students scoring 3 or above on AP exams went from 52 in 2008 to 71 in 2012. Additionally, four-year college attendance rates jumped from 52 students in 2008 to 183 students in 2012.
The Magna Awards, supported by Sodexo, recognize districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage community involvement in schools. This year’s three grand prize, 15 first place, and 15 honorable mention winners were selected from three enrollment categories: under 5,000 students, 5,000 to 20,000 students, and over 20,000 students.
This year's grand prize winners are the Derry Township School District, in Hershey, Pa., Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, Va., and the Fontana Unified School District in Fontana, Calif. Each of the grand prize winning school districts will receive a $4,000 contribution from Sodexo on
April 14, during Sunday’s General Session at NSBA’s 73rd Annual Conference in San Diego.
“The Magna Awards showcase the great work going on in local school districts across the country to increase student achievement and success,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director of NSBA. “This year’s Magna Awards recipients are national models that school leaders can learn from. NSBA commends Sodexo for its continuing support of this program and its goal of highlighting outstanding public school achievements.”
“Just like the school districts recognized in the annual Magna Awards program, Sodexo supports student achievement,” said Steve Dunmore, President of Sodexo Education-Schools. “As a partner in education, Sodexo realizes that it is vitally important to call attention to and support school districts that go above and beyond to enrich the learning environment for its students. Therefore, we are proud to sponsor the Magna Awards again this year.”
ASBJ initiated the Magna Awards in 1995 to recognize school boards for taking bold and innovative steps to improve their educational programs. An independent panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from nearly 300 submissions.
The 2013 winners are highlighted in a special section in the May issue of ASBJ and will be formally recognized on Saturday, April 13, at the Best Practices for School Leaders Luncheon, which is part of NSBA’s 73rd Annual Conference.
In addition to the ASBJ special section, the district's winning entry will be posted on the Magna Awards website and added to the program's searchable best practices database. Both can be found at www.asbj.com/magna
American School Board Journal
American School Board Journal (www.asbj.com
), published monthly by the National School Boards Association (www.nsba.org
), serves almost 40,000 school board members and top-level administrators from districts across the nation. The K-12 magazine, published continuously since 1891, has won 17 national honors for education reporting and design since 2006.
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