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About High Schools That Work

High Schools That Work provides a framework through 10 Key Educational Practices for accelerating learning and setting higher standards for students to prosper in the new world economy. This initiative is the oldest, largest and fastest growing effort of the Southern Regional Education Board's seven school-improvement initiatives.

Message from Twila Green, Oklahoma HSTW Coordinator:

Today's students live in an era driven by math, science, technology, and information.  Consequently, students need essential skills to prosper in the new world economy.  High Schools That Work (HSTW) provides that framework through 10  Key Educational Practices for accelerating learning and setting higher standards.

Oklahoma is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board's (SREB) network of 32 states in the HSTW program.   Administrators, school leaders, and teachers work as partners with students, parents, and the community to improve the way they prepare students for work and post secondary education.

Oklahoma students deserve learning that is exciting, active, creative, and challenging to realize their full value and potential when encouraged to put forth the effort to succeed.

High Schools That Work is the oldest, largest, and fastest growing effort of the Southern Regional Education Board’s seven school-improvement initiatives. High Schools That Work has grown from 28 pilot sites in 13 states to more than 1,200 HSTW sites in 32 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.  HSTW sites implement a framework around goals and key educational practices to raise student achievement.

Oklahoma became a member of SREB-State Vocational Education Consortium with an initial group of state partners in 1987.  This launched High Schools That Work with two pilot sites. Over the years, the work has taken on new sites and different dimensions as needs have arisen.  The focus not only includes raising student achievement, but areas of middle grades education, transition from middle grades to high school, and raising standards in career/technical education.  SREB works with states and institutions of higher education on special initiatives:  Leadership initiative, Making Middle Grades Work, and Project Lead the Way.

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