State Achievement Award

SETDA has created the State Achievement Award to recognize outstanding initiatives from SETDA State and Affiliate members and their teams that address meaningful challenges in teaching and learning. These awards celebrate the impact of these programs and projects, offering frameworks for other leaders to effect positive change in their states.

Any SETDA member, partner, or affiliate in good standing may submit a nomination. However, only SETDA State and Affiliate members are eligible to receive an award, though any initiative may include contributions of SETDA private sector partners or affiliates. The State Achievement awards align with SETDA’s priorities of Equity of Access, Digital Content, Interoperability, Professional Learning, and Digital Learning. Nominations must include a primary category with one or more secondary categories.

The SETDA Membership Engagement Committee will review all nominations according to the following criteria:

  • Impact (40%): The demonstrable, measurable benefit that the program or project has delivered at a state level on teaching and learning
  • Alignment with SETDA Priorities (20%): Clear connection between one (1) primary and one or more secondary priority areas
  • Innovation (15%): How the initiative helps address an educational need in a unique or different way
  • Equity (15%): The breadth of impact to benefit a diversity of districts and students
  • Efficiency (10%): Return on investment as measured in dollars, time, or both

Based on the highest-scoring nominations, the award program will acknowledge a first, second, and third-place winner in each category (i.e., SETDA Priority area). The Membership Engagement Committee will notify award winners and other nominees 60 days prior to the award ceremony and public announcement of winners.

Members, partners, and affiliates of SETDA who would like to nominate a project or initiative should prepare a narrative that addresses each of the criteria above and click here to submit their nomination(s).

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