About the Awards
Each year, Scholastic asks educators to nominate their students to recognize their dedication and achievements inside and outside the classroom.
In previous years, more than $25,000 dollars has been awarded to outstanding READ 180 and System 44 students and their teachers.
NEW for 2015! In our first annual 180 Awards, we'll also be accepting nominations for outstanding
MATH 180 students who strive to "be greater!"
Nominations for this year's awards will be open to all READ 180, MATH 180, and System 44 will be open on February 3, 2015. Check back then and nominate your students using our quick, easy-to-use online nomination form.
All-Star Awards FAQs
Click a question below to see the answer or download the All-Star Awards Terms and Conditions for all rules and restrictions.
The All-Star Awards are now split into two phases: a Qualifying Round and a Finalist Round.
To nominate a student for the Qualifying Round, complete and submit a nomination form and an Educator Statement by February 24, 2014.
Judges will select twenty-four (24) Finalists (six per READ 180 Stage; and six System 44) to submit additional information for the Finalist Round.
Finalists have the choice to submit a Written or Video Entry.
The deadline for the Qualifying Round is February 24, 2014.
If selected for the Finalist Round, the deadline is March 24, 2014.
Submit a completed Nomination Packet by one of three means;
- Visit the website and apply online:
- Email a completed Nomination Packet to:
Mail a completed Nomination Packet to:
Scholastic Inc., All-Star Awards
524 Broadway, 10th Floor, Space 1008B
New York, NY 10012
Your Nomination Packet for the Qualifying Round must include:
- Nomination Form
Nominating Educator’s response to the following question:In 300 words or less, please tell your student’s reading success story. This may describe a moment where the student experienced a distinct turning point in reading progress, unique obstacles the student has overcome, newly realized goals for the future, or any information that you believe supports the student’s exceptional dedication to continuous reading improvement and academic growth.
If your student is selected to compete in the Finalist Round, you will be notified no later than March 3, 2014.
Each Finalist must submit an Entry in EITHER written or video format.
All Finalist Entries (Written and Video) must include:
- Nominated Student’s release form.
- A photograph of the Nominated Student
- Data submitted by Nominating Educator to verify student’s exceptional reading improvement, as measured by The Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) or The Scholastic Phonics Inventory (SPI).
Written Entries must include:
Nominating Educator’s response to the following questions:
- In what ways has the student shown determination to sustain improvement and effort to continue to raise achievement levels?
- Describe any challenges this student faces beyond struggling with reading, including any additional anecdotal information, and how the student has overcome, or is making the effort to overcome, these obstacles.
- Describe the student’s growth in areas outside academics related to participation in the READ 180 and/or System 44 Programs (aspirations for the future, development of goals, leadership roles, or peer support).
Nominated Student’s response to the following question:
- Using at least 75 words, tell us about a specific time when your improved reading skills helped you succeed.
Include a film that is approximately (1) minute in length and not exceeding (3) minutes that illustrates:
Video Entries must:
- (a) the Nominated Student’s determination to sustain improvement and effort to continue to raise achievement levels;
- (b) the Nominated Student’s exceptional nature and academic performance in the READ 180 and/or System 44 programs;
- (c) the Nominated Student’s growth in areas outside academics related to participation in the READ 180 and/or System 44 Programs. A testimony from the Nominated Student addressing the following statement is required: Tell us about a specific time when your improved reading skills helped you succeed.
Nominated Student may also elaborate on any of the above categories, if he/she chooses.
For examples of student testimonials, visit the READ 180 YouTube playlist.
See Terms and Conditions for a complete list of rules.
As many as you want! However, you must submit one nomination form and educator statement per student and each student can only be nominated ONCE.
No, educators must select whether to nominate the student for READ 180 OR System 44. If the student is in a READ 180/System 44 combination class, please nominate the student for the program based off the software they are using in the Software Rotation.
Qualifying Round: Judges will review the Nomination Packet and assign a score to each Nomination Packet based on how effectively the Nominating Educator’s Statement conveys the Nominated Student’s exceptional success story.
Finalist Round: Judges shall review each Finalist Entry and assign a 12-point maximum score, based on a maximum of 4 points in each category:
(a) The student’s determination to sustain improvement and effort to continue to raise achievement levels;
(b) Student’s exceptional nature and academic performance in the READ 180 and/or System 44 programs;
(c) Student’s growth in areas outside academics related to participation in the READ 180 and/or System 44 Programs.
No additional points or favor will be awarded to a particular Entry format. Video Entries will be judged solely on content and not technical merit.
Yes, release forms are required during the Finalist Round only. Each Finalist Entry must include a Student’s Signed Letter of Parental Consent. All Finalists who submit a Video Entry must include additional release forms from all individuals who appear in the video submission.
All students nominated for the All-Star Awards will receive a letter of acknowledgement and a certificate of participation by April 15, 2014.
Scholastic All-Star Award Winners will be announced on March 31, 2014.