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Vol. 44, No. 52

June 22, 2010

3 Missouri Schools Selected for HSTW Honors

Three Missouri schools participating in the High Schools That Work school improvement initiative will receive the prestigious HSTW Gold Award next month.

Central High School at Park Hills, Arcadia Valley Career Technology Center at Ironton and Summit Technology Academy in Lee’s Summit were credited with achieving high marks in a multi-state assessment taken by their students this spring.

The awards will be presented July 14 during the opening ceremony of the 24th Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Louisville, Ky.  

More than 750 high schools in 37 states took part in the student academic assessment, as did more than 100 Technology Centers That Work sites in 13 states.  The assessment is administered only during even-numbered years.

Assessment results serve as the foundation for the award selections by the Southern Regional Education Board, an Atlanta-based nonprofit which sponsors the largest high school improvement effort in the United States.

HSTW and TCTW initiatives for grades 9-12 help schools prepare students for success in postsecondary education and careers by emphasizing high-level mathematics, science, language arts and problem-solving skills.  While these programs focus on career-oriented students, they provide a framework of goals, key conditions and key practices that can help schools raise expectations and performance for all students.

“The administrators, faculty and staff at these schools have demonstrated their commitment to raising standards and preparing their students for the challenges they will face after graduation,” said Margie Vandeven, assistant commissioner of Quality Schools for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “Each of these Gold Awards is a real honor for the schools and shows that they are working hard to improve the academic performance of all students.”

Central High School (Central R-III School District, Park Hills) is one of 11 high schools in the nation selected to receive the prestigious HSTW Gold Award indicating a high percentage of students were graduating well prepared for success in postsecondary education or a career.

Arcadia Valley Career Technology Center (Arcadia Valley School District) is one of five “shared-time centers” to be designated as a qualifier for the TCTW Gold Improvement Award, which indicates mean assessment scores in reading, mathematics, and science increased by at least a grade level between 2008 and 2010.

Summit Technology Academy (Lee’s Summit School District) is one of four schools in the nation receiving the TCTW Gold Readiness Award for demonstrating a combination of a significant percentage of students experiencing an intensive emphasis on quality career-technical education with academic rigor commonly found in college preparatory studies.

The 71 Missouri schools participating in High Schools That Work, Technology Centers That Work, and Making Middle Grades Work receive special funding through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a result of a competitive grant process.

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For more information, contact:  Doug Sutton, HSTW/TCTW coordinator for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, at (573) 526-2466.