Technology Centers That Work
Framework for School Improvement
The mission of TCTW is to create a culture of high expectations and continuous
improvement in technology centers. To achieve this mission, TCTW sites strive
to meet these primary goals for improvement:
-Increase the percentage of CT students who meet college and career readiness
goals on the HSTW Assessment to 85 percent.
-Increase the percentage of high school students who enter the technology
center and graduate on time to 95 percent.
Increase the percentages of technology center graduates who:
-Earn postsecondary credit while in high school.
-Meet college-readiness standards to succeed in credit-bearing postsecondary courses
without needing remediation.
-Meet readiness standards to enter and advanced training program leading to a
certificate, an employer certification or an apprenticeship program.
-Acquire an industry certification through a state approved certification
examination in a high-skill, high-demand, career field.
-Work with middle grade schools to guide students in creating programs of study
that will prepare them for success in high school, the technology center,
postsecondary studies and careers.
-Advance state and local policies and leadership initiatives that sustain a
continuous school improvement effort at technology centers.
TCTW Key Practices for Improved Student Achievement
High expectations - Motivate more students to meet high expectations by integrating
high expectations into CT and academic classroom practices and giving students
Program of study - Require each student to complete a career-focused program
of study, including both a concentration of at least four CT courses and a
"ready" academic core, leading to better preparation for postsecondary studies
and advanced training.
Academic studies - Teach more students the essential concepts of the college-preparatory
curriculum by encouraging them to apply academic content and skills to real-world
problems and projects within their CT studies.