Foundation recognizes Cumberland County Schools - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Foundation recognizes Cumberland County Schools

Posted: Updated:
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has awarded the Cumberland County Schools system $150,000 for student scholarships. The award is a result of the district becoming one of four finalists for the Broad Foundation's annual prize of $550,000 in scholarships.

The Broad Prize recognizes certain large urban school districts that show significant improvements over the most-recent four-year period.

School districts do not apply for the award. Instead, qualifying districts are discovered each year when researchers for the Broad Foundation analyzes the country's 75 largest urban school districts that serve high percentages of low-income and minority students.

The four districts selected as finalists are the ones that make the most gains in overall student achievement and in reducing achievement gaps for low-income, Hispanic and African-American subgroups. This year's other finalists are Corona-Norco Unified School District (CA), Houston Independent School District (TX) and San Diego Unified School District (CA).

Shelley Billig who works for a third-party research group used by the Broad Foundation said Cumberland County schools narrowed the achievement gap between the best performing students and low-income and minority students. She said there has been a significant growth in African-American students reaching an advanced level. She also pointed out that Cumberland County graduation rates improved twice as fast other districts.

"One of the things about Cumberland County is you're not just looking at reaching a proficiency level, but you're looking at student growth for every single child," Billig said. "So when you've got that kind of individualized approach where every child counts, it makes for a really good school."

She said the decrease in the achievement gap was significant. Cumberland County Schools now has the smallest gap of any urban school district in North Carolina.

"For the Broad Prize you have to have students who are achieving at the very highest level, and you've done that with your African American students who are achieving at advanced levels at a greater rate than any other county in North Carolina," Billig said Wednesday.

Billig and other researchers are touring Cumberland County schools this week to gather more information that will be added to the data already gathered. She will make similar trips to the other finalist school districts.

The overall Broad Prize winner will be announced September 25 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The scholarship money for the finalists and the overall winner will go to seniors who demonstrate both grade improvement over the course of their high school career and financial need.

Brandon Herring

Brandon is a North Carolina native and UNC alum who lives in Fayetteville, and covers Cumberland County and the Sandhills. Returning to North Carolina to work as a journalist is a dream come true for Brandon. More>>

  • Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:26:58 GMT
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."

  • Wytheville man charged with murder of sisters

    Wytheville man charged with murder of sisters

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:55:00 GMT
    (source: Wytheville Sheriff's Office)(source: Wytheville Sheriff's Office)
    A suspect has been charged with two counts of felony homicide for the deaths of two women in Wytheville.
    A suspect has been charged with two counts of felony homicide for the deaths of two women in Wytheville.
  • UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:34:04 GMT
    Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with Hamas militants.
    Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian...
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • 77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    77-year-old questioned, defended as true Marine after NFL player takes his photo

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:58 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:58:35 GMT
    (WMC) - It was a story that made its rounds on social media. On a recent flight DeAngelo Williams, Mid-Southerner and running back for the Carolina Panthers, gave his first-class plane seat to a 77-year-old
    Family members are upset and hurt that their relative, James Wesley Bolden, is being called a liar and "a fake."
  • Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Largest companies by revenue in each state

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:01 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:01:10 GMT
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
    Broadview Networks recently decided to find out the biggest -- by revenue -- company in each state in the US.The company used the Fortune 500 list to start with, but needed data by state, so it turned to Hoover's.With data from that company, they were able to search through each state's list of companies and then find the largest -- by revenue.Just flip through the list above and see who is the biggest in each state, what town they are based and their revenue.
  • UNC professor robbed, beaten to death in Chapel Hill

    UNC professor robbed, beaten to death in Chapel Hill

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:38:46 GMT
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
    A UNC research professor was robbed and beaten to death Wednesday afternoon on University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said.
Powered by WorldNow

WSLS 10, P.O. Box 10
Roanoke, VA 24022-0010

Telephone: 540.981.9110
Fax: 540.343.3157
Email: news@wsls.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.