Goals & Conditions for Continuous Improvement
The mission of TCTW is to create a culture of high expectations that motivates students to make the effort to succeed in school. To achieve this mission, TCTW has set several goals for continuous improvement:
- Increase the percentage of career and technical education (CTE) students who meet college- and career-readiness goals to at least 85 percent.
- Increase the percentage of technology center graduates who complete a CTE concentration and enter postsecondary studies or employment within the field for which they were prepared.
- Increase the percentage of high school students who enter the technology center and graduate on time to at least 95 percent.
- Advance state and local policies and leadership initiatives that sustain a continuous school improvement effort.
- Work with middle grades schools to guide students in creating programs of study that consist of courses that prepare students for high school and technology center courses.
- Increase annually the percentage of students leaving the technology center with postsecondary credit or having met standards for postsecondary studies.
- Increase annually the percentage of technology center high school graduates that pass an approved industry certification examination.
TCTW Goals & Conditions for Accelerating Student Achievement
TCTW believes everyone — teacher, school, district, local and state leaders — must work together to create the conditions in which student achievement, graduation rates and school culture can improve. To achieve this, schools and districts should do the following:
- Create a clear, functional mission statement to prepare students for success in postsecondary education and the workplace.
- Develop strong, committed leaders to improve the quality of instruction and raise student achievement in grades nine through adulthood.
- Plan an organizational structure and process that ensures continuous involvement with faculty on what to teach; how to teach it; what students are expected to learn; how to assess what they have learned; and how faculty relate to each other, to the students and to the home high school, family and community.
- Have qualified teachers with in-depth knowledge of their program/content areas and of teaching strategies appropriate to students’ needs for success. Alternatively certified technology center teachers lacking certification in their content areas should be supported by the technology center to acquire them.
- Commit to achieving and implementing the TCTW Goals and Key Practices and having all students complete a CTE concentration and rigorous academic core.
- Work with home high schools to adopt flexible schedules, enabling students to attend technology centers, earn college credit and certifications, and complete an upgraded academic core.
- Support teachers with instructional materials, planning time and professional development for implementing new curricula and research-based instructional methods.