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TAP Founder’s Award and TAP Distinction Award recipients hail from
Louisiana, Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana and Texas

March 14, 2015

Los Angeles, CA—The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) surprised one school and six districts for their achievements in improving instruction and student learning using TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. 

TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement is America’s leading educator effectiveness model that aligns teacher leadership, job-embedded professional development, meaningful support and evaluation, and opportunities for competitive, performance-based compensation.

For more than a decade, TAP has partnered with schools, districts and states to support their missions to strengthen instruction and student achievement. It is managed and supported by NIET.

Pecan Grove Primary School in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, is the recipient of the TAP Founder’s Award, which recognizes a school for its exceptional efforts to increase instructional excellence and student learning using TAP: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement. It is accompanied by a financial prize of $50,000 to use toward TAP System implementation goals. 

The TAP Award of Distinction recognizes an organization for its commitment to advance educator effectiveness. The award comes with a $10,000 prize. The recipients for this year are:

Avondale Elementary School District #44, Arizona

Cross County School District, Arkansas

DeSoto Parish Schools, Louisiana

Osborn School District #8, Arizona

Perry Township Schools, Indiana

Somerset Independent School District, Texas

“I congratulate all of this year’s award recipients for their hard work and dedication to advancing educator effectiveness and student achievement growth in their communities,” said Dr. Gary Stark, president and chief executive officer of NIET.  “Their success is exciting and demonstrates the extraordinary results that can be achieved when you place a high priority on developing highly effective teachers and principals.”

For photos, videos and individual press releases on the honorees, visit the NIET newsroom at 

Initiatives of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching are improving the educational experience for more than 200,000 educators and 2.5 million students.  For more information on TAP or the 15th National TAP Conference in Los Angeles, California, visit 

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