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Released: 7/6/2010

SREB Honors Schools for Outstanding Performance, Improvement on High Schools That Work Assessments, Surveys

ATLANTA — The Southern Regional Education Board is recognizing 62 high schools and technology centers in 21 states with national awards for outstanding achievement in school improvement and preparing more students for success in high school, college, careers and citizenship.

SREB President Dave Spence will present the awards on July 14 in Louisville, Kentucky, during the 24th annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference, an event that will bring together thousands of educators to focus on boosting student performance in the nation’s public schools.

"These 62 schools have shown the great progress that can be made when schools deeply implement the High Schools That Work and Technology Centers That Work designs for strengthening curriculum and instruction," said Gene Bottoms, SREB senior vice president and founder of the High Schools That Work (HSTW) and Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) school improvement programs. "These schools illustrate the spirit of change that SREB advocates and supports."

The schools will receive one of five national SREB awards, based on performance on the 2010 HSTW Assessment and state data.

Thirty schools will be designated as HSTW Pacesetter Schools, an honor given to schools that exemplify the progress schools can make when leaders truly embrace change and support improvement efforts. These schools are model HSTW sites that deeply implement the HSTW design, teach students a rigorous curriculum linked to a program of study, and have high achievement.

The HSTW Gold Achievement Award will be given to 11 schools in which at least 50 percent of students earned the HSTW Award of Educational Achievement based on their performance on the 2010 HSTW Assessment. To earn this award, students met all three readiness goals on the assessment, completed the HSTW-recommended curriculum in at least two subjects and completed a concentration in the humanities, mathematics/science or a career/technical area.

Twelve schools will receive the HSTW Gold Improvement Award for improving mean scores on the HSTW Assessment reading, mathematics and science tests by at least 10 points from 2008 to 2010.

Four shared-time technology centers will receive the TCTW Gold Readiness Award for their progress in improving students’ readiness for college and careers. To earn this recognition, technology centers had to have at least 85 percent of their students meet at least one readiness goal on the 2010 HSTW Assessment. Additionally, centers had 85 percent or more of students complete the HSTW-recommended curriculum in at least one subject and had 45 percent or more of students indicate they experienced an intensive emphasis on quality career/technical studies.

The TCTW Gold Improvement Award will be given to five TCTW sites that increased their mean scores on the HSTW Assessment reading, mathematics and science tests by at least 10 points from 2008 to 2010.

SREB’s single largest program, HSTW is a national, comprehensive school improvement design based on the premise that most students can master rigorous academic and career/technical studies if school leaders and teachers create a school environment that motivates all students to make the effort to succeed. More than 1,100 high schools in 30 states and the District of Columbia participate in the HSTW school improvement initiative.

Founded in 2007, TCTW is based on the HSTW model, with modifications to address the specific needs of shared-time centers. More than 125 technology centers in 12 states participate in the TCTW school improvement initiative.

For more information on SREB’s school improvement efforts and the HSTW Staff Development Conference, contact SREB Communications.


HSTW Pacesetter Schools, 2010-2012

  • Siloam Springs High School, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
  • POLYTECH High School, Woodside, Delaware
  • Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown, Delaware
  • Dekalb School of the Arts, Avondale Estates, Georgia
  • Savannah Arts Academy, Savannah, Georgia
  • Twin Falls High School, Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Hagerstown High School, Hagerstown, Indiana
  • Corbin High School, Corbin, Kentucky
  • Daviess County High School, Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Graves County High School, Mayfield, Kentucky
  • Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Upton, Massachusetts
  • Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
  • Joppatowne High School, Joppa, Maryland
  • Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Hicksville High School, Hicksville, Ohio
  • Little Miami High School, Morrow, Ohio
  • Monroeville High School, Monroeville, Ohio
  • Norwalk High School, Norwalk, Ohio
  • Scarlet Oaks Career Development Campus, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Vermilion High School, Vermilion, Ohio
  • Warren County Career Center, Lebanon, Ohio
  • Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Elk Lake High School, Dimock, Pennsylvania
  • Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Blackman High School, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Campbell County High School, Jacksboro, Tennessee
  • Los Fresnos High School, Los Fresnos, Texas
  • The Health Professions Academy at Bel Air High School, El Paso, Texas
  • Powhatan High School, Powhatan, Virginia
  • Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg,West Virginia

HSTW Gold Achievement Award

  • Jackson County Comprehensive High School, Jefferson, Georgia
  • South Laurel High School, London, Kentucky
  • Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, Franklin, Massachusetts
  • Central R-III High School, Park Hills, Missouri
  • Granville High School, Granville, Ohio
  • Springboro High School, Springboro, Ohio
  • Sylvania Southview High School, Sylvania, Ohio
  • Talawanda High School, Oxford, Ohio
  • Xenia High School, Xenia, Ohio
  • Choctaw High School, Choctaw, Oklahoma
  • East Fairmont High School, Fairmont, West Virginia

HSTW Gold Improvement Award

  • Mountain Pine High School, Mountain Pine, Arkansas
  • Coosa High School, Rome, Georgia
  • Stone Mountain High School, Stone Mountain, Georgia
  • Prophetstown High School, Prophetstown, Illinois
  • New Prairie High School, New Carlisle, Indiana
  • Oswego County Boces BRTCC, Mexico, New York
  • Greene County Career Center, Xenia, Ohio
  • Broken Bow High School, Broken Bow, Oklahoma
  • Haltom High School, Haltom City, Texas
  • Mabank High School, Mabank, Texas
  • The Math, Science & Engineering Academy at Bel Air High School, El Paso, Texas
  • Fairmont Senior High School, Fairmont, West Virginia

TCTW Gold Improvement Award

  • Central Nine Career Center, Greenwood, Indiana
  • Arcadia Valley Career Technology Center, Ironton, Missouri
  • Hunterdon County Polytech, Flemington, New Jersey
  • Wes Watkins Technology Center, Wetumka, Oklahoma
  • Lancaster County Career and Technology Center, Willow Street, Pennsylvania

TCTW Gold Readiness Award

  • National Park Technology Center, Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Summit Technology Academy, Lee's Summit, Missouri
  • Anderson Districts I & II Career and Technology Center, Williamston, South Carolina
  • Fred P. Hamilton Career Center, Seneca, South Carolina
  • SREB, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, advises state education leaders on ways to improve education. SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government work cooperatively to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region. SREB has 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Each is represented by its governor and four gubernatorial appointees. For more information, visit www.sreb.org.

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