Texas College and Career Readiness Initiative
Despite strides by Texas educators to ensure that its students are prepared for a globally-changing future, recent research concluded that Texas continued to trail other states in preparing students for higher education and careers. In 2007, what became most apparent to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) was the fact that students and their parents were indecisive about students’ skills and necessary preparation for college and careers.
In a Third Called Special Session of the 79th Texas Legislature, House Bill 1, the “Advancement of College Readiness in Curriculum” was passed, enabling Texas educators to seek ways to increase the number of high school graduates who were prepared for college and careers. Vertical Teams were established and charged with the task of developing College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in areas of English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies that specifically addressed what students must know and be able to apply to achieve success in Texas postsecondary institutions.
While aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Standards, the CCRS are intended to provide a broader range of knowledge and skills required to master entry-level college courses and majors and career options. In addition, the CCRS are designed in a multi-level framework focusing on subject matter as well as classroom organization and presentation. According to the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC, 2009, iii), “This pedagogical understanding sets a threshold for the kinds of deeper investigation and learning that occur as students pursue in-depth courses in their chosen majors”.
References and Resources
Texas Education Agency
Division of Curriculum
College and Career Readiness Program
1701 North Congress Avenue, Suite 3-121
Austin, TX 78701-1494
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Division for P-16 Initiatives
College Readiness Initiatives
P. O. Box 12788
Austin, TX 78711-2788
Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC)
720 East 13th Avenue, Suite 203
Eugene, OR 97401