The PEAK Award -
(Public Education Achieves in Kentucky)

Nomination Guidelines

The KSBA PEAK Award was established in 1997 to focus statewide attention on outstanding public school efforts aimed specifically at enhancing student learning skills and, in doing so, to promote the positive impact of public elementary and secondary education in this Commonwealth.

KSBA accepts nominations from Kentucky's public school systems twice a year and will recognize one outstanding program in the fall and in the spring.

Recognition will come in the following forms:
  • Selection is announced in the Kentucky School Advocate and in local and statewide press releases
  • The unique, engraved PEAK Award statue is presented locally by a delegation from the KSBA Board of Directors and staff
  • All PEAK Award honored programs are invited to present at KSBA's annual conference
  • With the local board's approval, KSBA endorses the self-nomination of all PEAK Award programs for consideration as special clinics at the next conference of the National School Boards Association.
Entry Rules

Nominations will be accepted only from the local board of education and the district administration. Only programs specifically designed to improve the academic achievement of students will be considered for the PEAK Award. Nominated programs may be districtwide, shared by multiple schools or based at an individual school in the district. Programs already must be in operation; proposals will not be considered as eligible until implemented. Nominated programs should be non-commercial, locally created and innovative.

Nominations will consist of the following documents:
  • Program overview from the district with information on the following points:
    • objectives of the program
    • scope of the program (one school, multiple schools, districtwide, number of students involved)
    • costs and funding source for the program
    • degree of school board involvement
    • an assessment of the progress of the program towards those stated goals. Judges consistently weigh proven program results over anecdotal evidence.

This overview shall be limited to no more than three pages. This portion of the entry will account for 60 percent of the scoring.

  • Two letters of endorsement, specifically listing the reasons for that endorsement, one from each of the following individuals and/or entities:
    • One from a teacher (or teachers) involved in the program. This letter should detail the instructor's impressions on the impact and potential future impact of the program on academic achievement of students involved; and
    • One from one or more students or parent(s) of students benefiting from the program. This letter should detail the program's helpful impact on the student's academic achievement or improved classroom instruction.

Each of these two letters, which must contain the writer's signature, will be judged as part of the entry with points scored for letters demonstrating both a knowledge of the goals and of the progress to date made by the program. Each letter may be no more than two pages. This portion of the entry will account for 40 percent of the scoring (20 percent for each letter.

No other materials submitted with an entry will be considered as part of the nomination nor will they be passed along for consideration by the panel of judges.

Programs not selected for the PEAK Award in their original cycle automatically will be reconsidered in the next cycle by new panel of judges. Programs not selected after two cycles may be renominated, but will not automatically continue under consideration.

Districts which have previously received the PEAK Award must wait 10 years before being eligible for consideration for another program/project.

Please make sure you include a point person somwhere in your nomination materials for contest officials to contact.
 
Nomination Deadline

The deadline for the next series of nominations is Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2017. Entries must be received at KSBA's offices no later than 4 p.m. ET on the deadline date. Entry packets may be emailed to Matt McCarty or marked for delivery to: PEAK AWARD, Kentucky School Boards Association, 260 Democrat Drive, Frankfort, KY 40601.

Judging

A panel of judges will choose the winner. The panel will consist of two KSBA Board of Director members, two previous award winning districts and a representative of the KentuckyPTA. The final tabulation of the scores will be conducted by KSBA employees not involved in the judging.


Service Contact: Matt McCarty

PEAK Honor Roll
 
2012
2011
Letcher County Schools
 
2010
Four Rivers Scholarship Program
 
2009
Harrison County Schools
Burgin Independent Schools
 
2008
Carlisle County Schools
Russellville Independent Schools
 
2007
Anderson County Schools
Walton-Verona Independent Schools
 
2006
Marion County Schools
Russell Independent Schools
 
2005
Daviess County Schools
Owensboro Independent Schools
 
2004
Campbell County Schools
Estill County Schools
 
2003
Providence Independent Schools
Pulaski County Schools
 
2002
Logan County Schools
Hardin County Schools
 
2001
Johnson County Schools
Pike County Schools
Kenton County Schools
 
2000
Bowling Green Independent Schools
Russell County Schools
Union County Schools
 
1999
Grant County Schools
Boyd County Schools
Boone County Schools
 
1998
Barren County Schools
Daviess County Schools
Jefferson County Schools
 
1997
Lincoln County Schools
Simpson County Schools
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