Career & Technology Center Receives National Award

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For improvement and student performance

The Anderson Districts I & II Career & Technology Center received a national Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) Gold Readiness Award based on the progress of center leaders and teachers in improving center practices and raising student performance.

The award was presented at the 2012 HSTW Summer Staff Development Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. ACTC was one of only three that received this award.

To earn this recognition, technology centers had to have at least 85 percent of their students meet at least one readiness goal on the 2008 HSTW Assessment. Additionally, centers had 85 percent or more of students complete the HSTW-recommended curriculum in at least one subject and had 45 percent or more of students indicate they experienced an intensive emphasis on quality career/technical studies.

“This center has shown what can be accomplished to improve student performance and readiness for college and careers by deeply implementing the Technology Centers That Work model for strengthening curriculum and instruction,” said Gene Bottoms, SREB senior vice president and founder of HSTW and TCTW. “The center illustrates the spirit of change and the gains in performance that Technology Centers That Work advocates and supports through assessment, staff development and technical assistance.”

TCTW was established in 2007 to assist shared-time career/technology centers in improving student achievement and producing graduates who can excel in high-demand, high-skill, high-wage career fields. The TCTW design is based on the HSTW design, with modifications that address the specific needs of shared-time centers. More than 125 centers in 11 states participate in activities to promote increased academic performance.

The largest SREB program, 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.

The HSTW initiative is the nation’s first large-scale effort to engage state, district and school leaders in partnership with teachers, students, parents and the community to equip all students with the knowledge and skills needed to graduate from high school and succeed in college and the workplace.

More than 1,100 high schools in 30 states and the District of Columbia participate in the HSTW school improvement initiative.