SREB: Outstanding Achievement Awards for School Improvement
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High Schools That Work 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.

Technology Centers That Work is based on the HSTW model, with modifications to address the specific needs of shared-time centers. More than 150 technology centers in 17 states participate in the TCTW school improvement initiative , which was founded in 2007.

Making Middle Grades Work is a school improvement initiative to create a culture of high expectations and prepare middle grades students for challenging high school courses and productive careers. More than 450 middle grades schools in 21 states participate in MMGW.

The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.

SREB Program Honors Outstanding High Schools 

ATLANTA – June 25, 2012 – The Southern Regional Education Board is recognizing 54 high schools, technology centers and middle schools in 13 states with national awards for outstanding achievement in school improvement and preparing more students for success in high school, college, careers and citizenship. (List of schools below.)

SREB President Dave Spence will present the awards on July 11 in New Orleans, during the 26th annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference, an event that will bring together more than 5,000 educators to focus on boosting student performance in the nation’s public schools.

“These 54 schools have shown the great progress that can be made when schools deeply implement the High Schools That Work, Technology Centers That Work and Making Middle Grades Work designs for strengthening curriculum and instruction,” said Gene Bottoms, SREB senior vice president and founder of the High Schools That Work, Technology Centers That Work and Making Middle Grades Work school improvement programs. “These schools illustrate the spirit of change that SREB advocates and supports.” 

The schools will receive one of seven national SREB awards, based on performance on the 2012 HSTW Assessment, MMGW Surveys and state data.

Sixteen schools will be designated as HSTW Platinum High Achievement 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.

Three technology centers will be designated as TCTW Platinum High Achievement Centers, an honor given to centers that exemplify the progress that can be made when leaders truly embrace change and support improvement efforts. These schools are model TCTW sites that deeply implement the TCTW design, teach students a rigorous curriculum, and have high achievement.

The HSTW Gold Achievement Award will be given to 12 schools in which students experienced a rigorous career/technical curriculum and at least 50 percent of students earned the HSTW Award of Educational Achievement based on their performance on the 2012 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.
 
Eight 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 2010 to 2012.  Students at these sites experience a rigorous career/technical curriculum.
 
Three 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 75 percent of their students meet at least one readiness goal on the 2012 HSTW Assessment. Additionally, centers had 75 percent or more of students complete the HSTW-recommended curriculum in at least one subject, had 45 percent or more of students indicate they experienced an intensive emphasis on quality career/technical studies, and had 45 percent or more of students indicate they experienced an intensive emphasis on guidance and advisement.

The TCTW Gold Improvement Award will be given to four TCTW sites that increased their mean scores on the HSTW Assessment reading, mathematics and science tests by at least 10 points from 2010 to 2012.

The MMGW Depth of Implementation Award will be given to eight MMGW sites that deeply implement the MMGW design and had at least 50 percent of eighth-graders completing a rigorous curriculum in one or more subject area according to the 2012 MMGW Student Survey.
 
2012 SREB HSTW School Awards
HSTW Platinum High Achievement Schools State
Polytech High School Delaware
Sussex Technical High School Delaware
Lee's Summit North High School Missouri
Lee's Summit West High School Missouri
Crest Ridge High School Missouri
Little Miami High School Ohio
Sylvania Northview High School Ohio
Bellevue High School Ohio
Fort Mill High School South Carolina
Walhalla High School South Carolina
Wren High School South Carolina
Lexington High School South Carolina
Gaffney High School South Carolina
Fred J. Page High School Tennessee
Blackman High School Tennessee
Los Fresnos High School Texas
 
TCTW Platinum High Achievement Centers State
National Park Technology Center Arkansas
Summit Technology Academy Missouri
Lexington Technology Center South Carolina
 
HSTW Gold Achievement Award State
Mary G. Montgomery High School Alabama
Boyd County High School Kentucky
Corbin High School Kentucky
Hancock County High School Kentucky
Central R-III High School Missouri
Bethel-Tate High School Ohio
Talawanda High School Ohio
Van Wert High School Ohio
Choctaw High School Oklahoma
Durant High School Oklahoma
Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School Pennsylvania
Wando High School South Carolina
 
HSTW Gold Improvement Award State
Cabot High School Arkansas
Collins Career Center Ohio
Hardin Northern High School Ohio
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Ohio
Morgan High School Ohio
Catoosa High School Oklahoma
Eagleville High School Tennessee
Dan River High School Virginia
 
TCTWGold Readiness Award State
Carthage Technical Center Missouri
Anderson Districts I & II Career & Technology Center South Carolina
Mercer County Technical Education Center West Virginia
 
TCTW Gold Improvement Award State
Northeast Arkansas Career & Technical Center Arkansas
Venango Technology Center Pennsylvania
Florence Career Center South Carolina
J. Harley Bonds Career Center South Carolina
 
MMGW Depth of Implementation Award State
Beverlye Magnet School Alabama
Carver Magnet School Alabama
Bloom-Carroll Middle School Ohio
Shroder High School Ohio
Patrick Henry Middle School Ohio
Northwestern Middle School Ohio
Marrington Middle School South Carolina
Landrum Middle School South Carolina

 
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