HSTW was established in 1987 by the SREB State Vocational Education Consortium, a partnership of SREB, its member states, their school systems and school sites.
HSTW has grown from 28 pilot sites in 13 states to its current size of more than 1,200 sites in 30 states and the District of Columbia, including: 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, Virginia and West Virginia.
HSTW uses research-proven strategies to help states transform their public high schools into places where all students learn at high levels.
The program is based on the belief that most students can master complex academic and technical concepts if schools create an environment that encourages students to make the effort to succeed. Member schools implement 10 Key Practices and Goals for changing what is expected of students, what they are taught and how they are taught.
SREB provides member states and sites with staff development, technical assistance, communications and publications, and assessment services.