Oklahoma High School Seniors Earn Awards of Educational Achievement
The award recognizes students in High Schools That Work and Technology Centers That Work who complete a college-preparatory curriculum and a concentration in a career/technical area, mathematics and science or the humanities and also meet college- and career-readiness goals.
“Only a small percentage of students who take the assessment each year meet or exceed these high standards and earn an award,” said Twila Green, High Schools That Work state coordinator at the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “Presenting these awards to qualified seniors sends a signal to award recipients, parents and other students at your school that it is important to complete a rigorous high school curriculum and do well in both academic and career/technical classes.”
At 14 of the 16 Technology Centers That Work sites, 165 students earned the award.
They represent the following technology centers: Caddo Kiowa in Fort Cobb, Central Tech in Drumright, Eastern Oklahoma County in Choctaw, Gordon Cooper in Shawnee, Meridian in Stillwater, Metro Tech in Oklahoma City, Mid-America in Wayne, Mid-Del in Midwest City and Del City, Moore Norman in Norman and Oklahoma City, Pioneer in Ponca City, Red River in Duncan, Southern Oklahoma in Ardmore, Tri County in Bartlesville and Tulsa Tech.
Twenty of the 21 High Schools That Work sites saw 294 students earn the award. Students won awards at Barnsdall, Cache, Catoosa, Charles Page in Sand Springs, Choctaw, Claremore, Drumright, Durant, McLoud, Moore, Mountain View-Gotebo, Norman, Norman North, Piedmont, Putnam City North, Putnam City West, Oklahoma City Southeast, Tecumseh, Tulsa Daniel Webster and Westmoore.
To earn an Award of Educational Achievement, a student must complete two of the three parts of the HSTW-recommended curriculum (English/language arts, mathematics and science); complete a concentration in a career/technical area, mathematics and science or the humanities; and meet the college- and career-readiness goals in all three subjects (reading, mathematics and science) on the HSTW Assessment.
The recommended curriculum calls for four or more college-preparatory English/language arts courses; four or more college-preparatory mathematics courses -- including Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II and a higher-level mathematics course; and three or more science courses, including at least two of college-preparatory biology, chemistry, anatomy/physiology, physics/applied physics or Advanced Placement science.
To complete a concentration, students must take at least four courses in the field of study.
The High Schools That Work initiative is the nation’s largest effort to combine challenging academic courses and modern career/technical studies to raise students’ academic and technical achievement. Founded in 2007, the Technology Centers That Work school improvement model is designed to assist shared-time technology centers in preparing graduates in high-demand, high-wage, high-skill fields for postsecondary studies and employment.