A Beaufort County high school received a surprise honor in our nation's capital Saturday for their efforts in career advancements.
Principal Ed Burnes and Battery Creek High School was surprised with a $5,000 TAP Ambassador Award in front of policy leaders and over 1,200 educators during a luncheon at the 13th Annual National TAP Conference in Washington, D.C. Saturday.
The System for Teacher and Student Advancement (TAP) is the country's leading comprehensive education reform offering teachers career advancement, professional development, educator evaluation and performance-based compensation. TAP has worked to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in high-need urban, rural and suburban schools and districts across the country for more than a decade.
The TAP Ambassador Award honors schools that represent principles of the TAP system and assist others in the state, region and nation.
Battery Creek High was once labeled the lowest-performing high school in the Beaufort County school district. Since implementing the TAP system in the 2011-2012 school year Battery Creek has achieved significant academic gains such as a 12 percent increase in exam passage rates, a 10 percent increase of end of course passage rates and a seven percentage increase in graduation rates.
Battery Creek High School joins five other TAP Ambassador Award recipients this year from all over the country.