Eagleville wins coveted High Schools that Work award

Eagleville School is one of only eight schools in the nation to receive a 2012 High Schools that Work Gold Improvement Award, according to an announcement from the organization. 

The school serves grades K-12 in the town of Eagleville and the surrounding community under the leadership of Principal Bill Tollett. 

The award is given to HSTW schools that increased their mean scores in reading, mathematics and science by at least 10 points from 2010 to 2012 on the HSTW Assessment. Schools also had at least 30 percent of career/technical students experiencing a rigorous career/technical curriculum. 

To earn the award, schools must have participated in both the 2010 and 2012 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 requirements or had a graduation rate of 85 percent or higher.

The Southern Regional Education Board will recognize the school July 11 during the opening session of the HSTW national conference. 

High Schools That Work is the nation's largest school improvement initiative for high school leaders and teachers, according to the organization. More than 1,200 HSTW sites in 30 states and the District of Columbia currently use the framework of HSTW Goals and Key Practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates.