CHS earns Gold Improvement Award
Coosa High School earns Gold Improvement Award
Posted on 06/23/2010
Coosa High School has earned the High Schools That Work (HSTW) Gold Improvement Award for 2010. Coosa High was one of only 12 high schools to receive the award this year. The Gold Improvement Award is given to schools that participate in the HSTW program and increase their mean scores in reading, mathematics and science by at least 10 points from 2008 to 2010 on the HSTW Assessment. Coosa High will receive the award at the HSTW Staff Development Conference during the opening ceremonies on Wednesday, July 14. The conference will be held at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

To earn the Gold Improvement Award, schools must have participated in both the 2008 and 2010 HSTW Assessments; assessed 50 or more seniors in 2010 (or at least 75 percent of the senior class if the class contained fewer than 50 students); and either met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements or had a graduation rate of 85 percent or higher. 

High Schools That Work (HSTW) is a research and data-driven school improvement initiative of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) designed to assist high schools in improving the academic and technical performance and post-high school placement of secondary students. The Georgia Department of Education sponsors collaboration between the state, local schools, and SREB to provide students with challenging programs of study supported by student/parent/school-based advisement systems, extra help when needed, and community partnerships. High Schools That Work activities involve the high school in efforts that replace low-level performance expectations with course rigor and relevance and a school improvement initiative with a purpose. 

Major goals of HSTW in Georgia:
  • To raise the mathematics, science, communications, problem-solving and technical achievement of Georgia students to the national average or above. 
  • To significantly improve the ability of Georgia High Schools to prepare students for post high school options by following the HSTW Key Practices. 
  • To improve the CTAE programs through the integration and support of academics.