(Public Education Achieves in Kentucky)
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, KSBA's social media 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.
Nominations will be accepted only from the local board of education or 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. PEAK nominations limited to one entry per district for each judging cycle.
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)
- uniqueness of the program
- 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 70 percent of the scoring.
- Three 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.
- One from a school board member (or school board members). This letter should express the board's support for the program and detail the impact and potential future impact of the program on academic achievement of students.
Each of these three 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 30 percent of the scoring (10 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.
Individual districts that previously have received the PEAK
Award must wait five years before submitting another nomination. This does not
apply if a district was part of a multidistrict-winning entry.
Please make sure you include a point person somwhere in your nomination materials for contest officials to contact.
The deadline for the next series of nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. 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.
A panel of five judges will choose the winner. The final tabulation of the scores will be conducted by KSBA employees not involved in the judging.
Service Contact: Matt McCarty