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High Schools That Work. Teacher/Student Survey/Assessment Report Results. What is High Schools That Work?. A NJ Department of Education sponsored philosophy for school improvement Grant funded (grant is renewable each year) Based on ten key principles. The Ten Key Principles of HSTW.

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High schools that work

High Schools That Work


Survey/Assessment Report Results

What is high schools that work

What is High Schools That Work?

  • A NJ Department of Education sponsored philosophy for school improvement

  • Grant funded (grant is renewable each year)

  • Based on ten key principles

The ten key principles of hstw

The Ten Key Principles of HSTW

  • High expectations — Motivate more students to meet high expectations by integrating high expectations into classroom practices and giving students frequent feedback.

  • Program of study — Require each student to complete an upgraded academic core and a concentration.

  • 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.

  • Career/technical studies — Provide more students access to intellectually challenging career/technical studies in high-demand fields that emphasize the higher-level mathematics, science, literacy and problem-solving skills needed in the workplace and in further education.

Ten key principles

Ten Key Principles

  • Work—based learning — Enable students and their parents to choose from programs that integrate challenging high school studies and work-based learning and are planned by educators, employers and students.

  • Students actively engaged — Engage students in academic and career/technical classrooms in rigorous and challenging proficient-level assignments using research—based instructional strategies and technology.

  • Guidance — Involve students and their parents in a guidance and advisement system that develops positive relationships and ensures completion of an accelerated program of study with an academic or career/technical concentration. Provide each student with the same mentor throughout high school to assist with setting goals, selecting courses, reviewing the student's progress and suggesting appropriate interventions as necessary.

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Ten Key Principles

  • Extra help — Provide a structured system of extra help to assist students in completing accelerated programs of study with high-level academic and technical content.

  • Culture of continuous improvement — Use student assessment and program evaluation data to continuously improve school culture, organization, management, curriculum and instruction to advance student learning.

  • Teachers working together — Provide teams of teachers from several disciplines the time and support to work together to help students succeed in challenging academic and career/technical studies. Integrate reading, writing and speaking as strategies for learning into all parts of the curriculum and integrate mathematics into science and career/technical classrooms.

Hstw challenges for bhs

HSTW Challenges for BHS

  • Overriding challenge:

    Upgrade the academic and career technical curriculum and ensure that all students have the opportunity to complete the HSTW-recommended curriculum and a concentration.

Hstw core curriculum

HSTW Core Curriculum

  • Four credits in college-prep/honors English

  • Four mathematics credits – including Algebra I, II and Geometry

  • At least three credits in lab-based science – physical, biology & chemistry

  • At least three credits in college-prep/honors social studies

  • Math in the senior year

Concentration focus major


  • Four credits in a planned sequence of career/technical studies


  • Four credits in a planned academic concentration such as:

    • Humanities

    • Math/Science

    • Fine Arts

Challenges for bhs

Challenges for BHS

  • Increase the rigor of the academic and career/technical curriculum and teach all courses to the college prep level

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive and continuous professional development plan to focus on strategies to engage students in rigorous and challenging learning



  • Develop a comprehensive guidance and advisement system to involve parents, students, and teachers

  • Create a culture of high expectations

  • Strengthen the senior year to prepare students for transition to their next step

  • Focus on strong administrative leadership and support for the faculty and staff as they address the short and long-term goals for the school

First challenge chosen by the faculty

First Challenge Chosen by the Faculty

  • Create a culture of high expectations at Bergenfield High School

    • Teams of teachers who teach the same course will work together to create common course syllabi

    • Teachers will be encouraged to post samples of exemplary student work in classrooms and hallways throughout BHS

    • Teams of teachers who teach the same course will work together to create common end of course exams for all courses so that all students will take common exams by the end of the 2007-2008 school year

    • Increase graduation requirements to more than minimum credits

    • Students will be required to attend mandatory extra-help programs when they are achieving less than a B average in any course

Second challenge chosen by the faculty

Second Challenge Chosen by the Faculty

  • Focus on strong administrative leadership and support for the faculty and staff as they address the short and long-term goals for the school

    • Schedule a site development workshop to engage the entire faculty in the HSTW process

    • Organize focus groups – community and parent relations, public relations/communication, student advisory council – and expand membership on the HSTW school leadership team and focus groups

    • Develop a plan to celebrate successes throughout BHS – tenure, anniversaries, major events, etc.

    • Post the HSTW key practices in all classrooms and hallways throughout BHS

Third challenge for this school year

Third Challenge for This School Year

  • School-wide Career Day

  • Friday, April 20, 2007

  • Presenters from many backgrounds, including:

    • Government

    • Media

    • Healthcare

    • Fine Arts

Teacher survey results

Teacher Survey Results

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Teacher Survey Results

The hstw recommended curriculum and our students

The HSTW Recommended Curriculum and Our Students

Completion of additional hstw curriculum indicators

Completion of Additional HSTW Curriculum Indicators

Mean test scores

Mean Test Scores

Scores in all areas range from 0-500

Reading proficiency levels

Reading Proficiency Levels

Mathematics proficiency levels

Mathematics Proficiency Levels

Science proficiency levels

Science Proficiency Levels

Literacy across the curriculum

Literacy Across the Curriculum

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Literacy Across the Curriculum

Numeracy across the curriculum

Numeracy Across the Curriculum

Engaging science experiences

Engaging Science Experiences

High expectations

High Expectations

Quality extra help

Quality Extra Help

Preparing students

Preparing Students



What s next

What’s Next?

  • Digest the information and read the full report, if interested

  • Join the steering committee or give us your feedback, comments, critique, etc. (Mondays, 3:00, in the BHS media center)

  • Help us work toward meeting our goals and meeting the HSTW challenges for BHS

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