Lowell Milken, chairman of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) and founder of TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, presented G.W. Carver Primary School in Ascension Public Schools, Louisiana, with the 2017 TAP Founder's Award, which comes with a $50,000 prize.
The TAP System is America's leading comprehensive educator effectiveness model that aligns teacher leadership, daily job-embedded professional development, educator evaluation and support, and opportunities for performance-based compensation.
Since implementing the TAP System in 2012, Carver has been transformed into a place where teachers are motivated to lead and students are energized to maximize their potential. Carver has closed the reading gap in the third, fourth and fifth grades, increased its letter grade from a C- to a B+, and is exceeding growth targets when compared to similar schools across the state.