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Elkhart Area Career Center receives national award for improving student performance

Atlanta nonprofit Southern Regional Education Board awarded the area center for improving students’ performance in reading, mathematics and science tests.

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 4:38 p.m.

An Atlanta nonprofit has awarded the Elkhart Area Career Center with a national award in recognition of its efforts to improve student performance.

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) gave the award to center director Dr. David Benek at the 28th Annual Staff Development Conference on Wednesday, July 16, in Nashville, Tenn. The Elkhart Area Career Center is one of only four technology centers around the country to receive the Technology Centers That Work (TCTW) Gold Improvement Award.

The award is given to centers that have improved mean scores on the SREB’s High Schools That Work (HSTW) Assessment reading, mathematics and science tests. A press release from the Elkhart Area Career Center states that students also have to “experience a rigorous career/technical education”.

“This center has shown how to raise student achievement with programs that blend college-ready academics and career-technical studies to show students the pathway to good careers after high school,” said Gene Bottoms, senior vice president of the Southern Regional Education Board.

More than 1,200 sites in 30 states and the District of Columbia participate in the HSTW school improvement initiative, which aims to raise student achievement and graduation rates.


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