Published on August 11th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
District Five’s Center for Advanced Technical Studies receives national honor
Pictured above; Dr. Bob Couch, right, director of The Center, receives High Schools That Work (HSTW) Platinum High Achievement School award.
IRMO – A Lexington-Richland District Five school has been selected a national High Schools That Work (HSTW) Platinum High Achievement School.
The award for the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) was presented at the 28th Annual HSTW Staff Development Conference in Nashville on July 16. The Center was one of 29 HSTW schools to receive this year’s honor, which is based on the success of local school leaders and teachers in improving school practices and raising student achievement.
“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Bob Couch, director of The Center. “We have set the bar high and accomplished much in our short time since opening the school in 2012. Our programs are providing a pathway for success for students, and we will continue to pursue excellence here at The Center.”
HSTW officials praised The Center and other awardees for their achievements, pointing to the dedication and hard work by school leaders and teachers to make progress in preparing students for college and careers. The awards were presented by Dr. Gene Bottoms, senior vice president of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and founder of HSTW, before an audience of 5,000 educators from across the nation.
To be recognized as an HSTW Platinum High Achievement School, schools must meet a variety of criteria. Platinum High Achievement schools deeply implement the HSTW design, teach students a rigorous academic curriculum linked to a program of study, have high student achievement, and have a high graduation rate or meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) criteria.
Bottoms said, “This school (The Center) has shown how to raise student achievement with programs that blend college-ready academics and career-technical studies.”
The largest SREB program, HSTW is a national 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, HSTW officials say.
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 1,200 high schools in 30 states and the District of Columbia participate in the HSTW school improvement initiative.