Introduction to Making Schools Work

Ohio MSW/HSTW/MMGW History

  • 1996 Ohio expressed interest in High Schools that Work.
  • 1998 Ohio became the 22nd state to join the HSTW national network.
  • 1999 year-long HSTW academy with 13 sites.
  • 2000 HSTW expanded to four regional centers with 43 sites.
  • 2002 HSTW increased to 85 sites and became a member of MMGW national network.
  • 2003 -2022 HSTW/MMGW increased to over 270 high school, career center, middle grade and intermediate sites.
  • 2023 name changed to Ohio Making Schools Work to align with the national change, indicating the model as a K-12 initiative.


Making Schools Work is all about raising student achievement, guided by research and data that prove it works! Making Schools Work (MSW) is a K-12 framework that provides direction for schools to improve academic and career-technical instruction. Making Schools Work was developed as an expansion of the High Schools That Work, Making Middle Grades Work and Technical Centers That Work frameworks to include an elementary component as well.

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