About HSTW


About HSTW

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. 

Publication December 201721 pages(17V17)

Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College
A Guide to High Schools That Work and Other SREB School Improvement Services

Connecting Classrooms, Careers and College offers a comprehensive guide to High Schools That Work and SREB’s related school improvement services.

For more than 30 years, SREB has partnered with states, districts and schools to identify and implement strategies that engage and empower young people to put what they learn in the classroom to work in the real world.

Publication May 201717V10

What SREB Offers Schools

This brochure details SREB’s High Schools That Work school improvement frameworks designed to prepare students for college and careers. Inside you will find descriptions of the programs, professional development, curricula and technical support available for the elementary grades through community and technical colleges.


Publication November 201312 pages(13V16w)

Case Study: Wren High School — Closing the Graduation and Readiness Gap

This South Carolina High School has eliminated all low-level courses, exposed students to a rigorous curriculum and added Advanced Placement classes. It has also strengthened its advisory and guidance programs to ensure all students take the courses that prepare them for college and careers.It was one of 16 high schools to receive the HSTW Platinum High Achievement Award in 2012.

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Publication 201310 pages(13V14w)

Case Study: Fred J. Page High School

Fred J. Page High School in Franklin, Tennessee, provides a high-quality learning environment for students in rural Williamson County, just south of Nashville. Th e staff sets high expectations, meets students where they are academically and challenges them with rigorous coursework in preparing all students to succeed in college and careers. The school has traveled an upward path from 2003, when it was targeted by the state as a “C” school, to 2012, when it became an “A” school. Also in 2012, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) identified Page High School as one of 16 High Schools Th at Work (HSTW) schools in the nation to receive a Platinum High Achievement Award. Th e award is presented to model HSTW sites that deeply implement the HSTW design, teach students a rigorous curriculum and meet high achievement standards. In 2013, Page High School Principal Andrea Anthony was named the best principal in Tennessee by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

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