Group names Blackman High one of only 19 Platinum High Achievement Schools

Blackman High School has been named a Platinum High Achievement School by the High Schools That Work organization. 

The school is one of only 19 high schools and technology centers in the HSTW/TCTW networks that will receive the designation this year.

Platinum High Achievement Schools will be recommended as models to other schools interested in seeing the HSTW design in action. Blackman will receive an award certificate and a Platinum High Achievement School banner to showcase the achievement. The school will hold the recognition for two years, 2012-2014, and will be eligible to renew the designation based on results from the 2014 HSTW Assessment.

Schools identified as Platinum High Achievement Schools met the following criteria (based on the 2012 HSTW Assessment and most recent state data available): had 85 percent or more of students meet at least one  HSTW readiness goal; had 85 percent or more of students complete one or more parts of the HSTW-recommended curriculum (English/language arts, mathematics or science); had 85 percent or more of students complete at least one concentration (career/technical, mathematics/science or humanities); achieved “HSTW high implementation” status; had at least 50 percent of career/technical students earn the HSTW Award of Educational Achievement; have been a member of the HSTW network since 2010 or prior; assessed 50 or more seniors in 2012 (or at least 75 percent of the senior class if the class contained fewer than 50 students); and either met Adequate Yearly Progress or had a graduation rate of 85 percent or higher.

The school was recognized on Wednesday, July 11, by the Southern Regional Education Board during the opening general session of its conference in New Orleans.