The Idaho HSTW and MMGW Network was established in the Spring of 2006 to promote and ensure the success of Idaho schools implementing the HSTW and MMGW comprehensive models of school reform. To this end, the Network will:

  • Build a knowledge base built on action research about High School and Middle School reform;
  • Raise public awareness and support with local Boards of Education and their schools;
  • Provide professional development opportunities for teachers, coordinators, and administrators;
  • Provide specialized professional development customized for each site; and
  • Provide technical assistance and resources to sites for implementing HSTW / MMGW activities--developing site action plans, conducting assessments, analyzing data, preparing for technical assistance visits and technical review visits.
map Central Idaho
Gooding High School
Gooding Middle School
Wendell High School
Wendell Middle School
Jerome High School
Jerome Middle School
2 Twin Falls High School
Vera C. O'Leary Junior High School Robert-Stuart Junior High School
3 Filer High School
4 Glenns Ferry High School
Eastern Idaho
Highland High School
6 Minico High School
7 Rocky Mountain Middle School
8 Westside Senior High School Harold B. Lee Middle School
9 Butte High School
Butte County Middle School
Purpose of HSTW/MMGW

MMGW Overview
Making Middle Grades Work is the middle grades component of HSTW designed to improve student achievement in the middle grades to prepare them for success in high school.

Basic Facts about MMGW

  • Began in 1997 with a grant from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to study middle grades education
  • SREB published four reports on the condition of middle grades teaching and learning in 15 states
  • Started with 28 sites in 13 states
  • Based on a comprehensive framework of key conditions and practices
  • Currently, SREB works with 200 sites in 13 states

The following is a summary of the MMGW framework. For further information access the SREB website at: www.sreb.org/programs/MiddleGrades/MiddleGradesindex.asp

Making Middle Grades Work Framework

  • High expectations with extra help and time
  • Support from parents for higher academic standards
  • A belief that all students matter
  • An academic core that prepares students for success in college-preparatory courses
  • Use of technology for learning
  • Students engaged in their learning
  • Teachers working together
  • Qualified teachers
  • Strong leadership that promotes research-based improvements
  • Using data to revise classroom practices
High Schools That Work

HSTW Overview
High Schools That Work (HSTW) is an effort-based school improvement initiative founded on the conviction that most students can master rigorous academic and career/technical studies if school leaders and teachers create an environment that motivates students to make the effort to succeed. It is based on the simple belief that most students become "smarter" through effort and hard work. In this environment, more students will recognize that high school matters to their future, and more students will become independent learners able to set future educational and career goals and choose which courses to take to achieve those goals. (SREB Publication, 2005)

Basic Facts about HSTW

  • Began in 1987 with the Southern Regional Education Board-State Vocational Education Consortium
  • Started with 28 sites in 13 states
  • Currently over 1,100 sites in 31 states
  • Based on goals, key conditions and key practices

The following is a summary of the HSTW key practices. For further information access the SREB website at: www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/hstwindex.asp

High Schools That Work Key Practices

  • High expectations for all
  • Challenging program of study
  • Rigorous career-technical studies
  • Rigorous academic studies
  • Relevant work-based learning
  • Students actively engaged
  • Teachers working together
  • Extra time and extra help
  • Comprehensive guidance and advisement
  • Keeping score with data