A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
About five years ago the Dexter School Board and Administration became aware of a startling trend. The Standards Based Assessment (SBA) scores and the ACT scores were decreasing. We also received documented reports that more and more of our graduates entering college had to take remedial courses, even though our students were receiving high grades at Dexter High School. At that time, the Administration and School Board began looking for a model of successful school improvement. High Schools That Work (HSTW) was an initiative just beginning in New Mexico but was an established and successful model of school improvement in other states. Dexter was invited to participate and was provided a multi-year grant through the Public Education Department to implement this model of school improvement. Below are web-site links about HSTW, its parent company SREB and links to information that have been shared in Dexter Schools.