High Schools That Work

Published: 5/8/2019 9:45 AM
High Schools That Work is a comprehensive, results-based school improvement initiative of the Southern Regional Education Board in cooperation with State Departments of Education.  This initiative provides a framework of goals, key practices, and key conditions, which is designed to blend the essential content of traditional-college preparatory studies with quality career/technical studies to raise student achievement.  The goals include raising the reading, mathematics, science, and technical achievement of more students to the national average and above.

Southern Regional Education Board
High Schools That Work is the largest and oldest of the Southern Regional Education Board's seven school-improvement initiatives for high school and middle grades leaders and teachers. More than 1,100 HSTW sites in 27 states are using the HSTW framework of goals and key practices to raise student achievement.  

Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
The primary goal of PLTW is to grow the nation's technology workforce (engineers and technicians).  Currently, 1,300,000 engineering/engineering technology jobs are available in the U.S. without trained people to fill them.  The PLTW curriculum provides the kind of student work that helps students reach higher standards in the academic core.

An Undeveloped National Resource: The Unrealized Potential of the Nation's Technical High Schools
Despite an increasing realization of how far behind the United States has fallen behind its global competitors, a tremendous gap remains in how well we prepare our students for the challenging new century. This important and timely report explores specific practices and strategies implemented by 11 successful TCTW sites to increase reading and mathematics achievement and to prepare students for postsecondary studies and careers.


Kiley Whitaker 
Office of Career and Technical Education
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4286 Ext. 4217
Fax (502) 564-4800

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