High Schools That Work is a school improvement initiative that was inaugurated by the Southern Regional Education Board in 1987. At present, more than 1,200 HSTW sites in 32 states are using the framework of HSTW Goals and Key Practices to raise student achievement. To assess progress in school improvement and student achievement, one key component of HSTW is the HSTW Assessment, consisting of three subject tests (mathematics, reading, and science) and the HSTW Student Survey. Certain responses to selected questions in the Student Survey are used to construct indices measuring the degree of implementation of the HSTW Key Practices. In 2007, ETS undertook a study to determine if the indices of Key Practices are predictive of students’ performance on the HSTW Assessment subject tests.
School-wide efforts to improve the education of American students have been implemented in many schools throughout the nation. The Southern Regional Education Board’s High Schools That Work (HSTW) network stands out as one of the few consortia to coordinate that effort and to collect and analyze data as part of a service to its participants.
This report shows that in a two-year period between 1996 and 1998, High Schools That Worksites significantly increased the percentages of students in their senior classes who met theHSTW achievement goals in mathematics, science and reading and the percentages of students in their senior classes who completed the HSTW-recommended program of study. The report was prepared by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) of Research Triangle Park, N.C., for the U.S. Department of Education, Planning and Evaluation Service. It contains many tables and appendices based on the data.