Thurgood Marshall Academy Honored with National Excellence in Urban Education Award

WASHINGTON – (Monday, March 17, 2014) —The National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST) at San Diego State University announced Thurgood Marshall Academy as one of sixteen schools to win its 2014 National Excellence in Urban Education Award. The schools will be recognized at the National Excellence in Urban Education Symposium May 21-23 in San Diego.

To compete for the award, schools had to serve predominantly low-income students; yet the schools had to meet a long list of student performance criteria, including achievement scores, high attendance rates, low suspension rates, and high graduation rates for every demographic group of students.

Finalists were drawn from a large pool of applicants that included many schools that have earned recognition as National Blue Ribbon Schools, National Title I Distinguished Schools, and winners of many other state and national awards. Thurgood Marshall Academy was the only school in Washington DC to be selected as a finalist.

“The finalists have attained a level of achievement more typically seen in schools that serve very affluent communities,” said Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director of NCUST. “They’ve demonstrated evidence of effectiveness among all of the student populations they serve, and prove that our nation’s urban schools can be wonderful centers of learning that change children’s lives,” Johnson said.

All finalists received on-site visits during the months of January and February. The sixteen wining schools demonstrated the greatest evidence of rigorous content, engaging instruction, and positive relationships among students, teachers, parents, and administrators.

Thurgood Marshall Academy and the other award-winning schools will be recognized at a special awards ceremony during the NCUST Symposium on Thursday, May 22nd. The Silver Award schools receive a check for $2,500 and are eligible to be selected as the Gold Award Winner in their category (elementary, middle, high-school). Recipients of the Gold Award will be announced at the symposium and receive a total of $5,000 to support educational efforts.

To learn more about NCUST’s National Excellence in Urban Schools Transformation, please visit their website.