Recognizing the importance of a world class education system, the 79th Texas legislature, Third Called Special Session, passed House Bill 1, the “Advancement of College Readiness Curriculum.” Section 28.008 of the Texas Education Code seeks to increase the number of students who are college and career ready when they graduate high school. The Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board created vertical teams of secondary and postsecondary education partners to develop the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards. View these standards here.
Recent research has redefined college and career readiness to be comprehensive in scope. It is widely accepted that students must not only succeed academically but also have skills to persist through postsecondary experiences. The most common college and career readiness domains offer and outline comprehensive scope to college and career readiness as well as identify the knowledge and skills needed to ensure a world-ready student. The most commonly recognized domains are Key Cognitive Strategies (think), Key Content Knowledge (know), Key Learning Skills and Techniques (act), Key Transition Knowledge and Skills (go). These four categories do not represent everything a student needs, students obviously need a range of social and emotional supports to be successful, but they represent the dimensions in which a school can reasonably be expected to take action. They provide an excellent framework for thinking about college and career readiness comprehensively and provide a very useful common language for planning. The Texas College and Career Readiness Support Center (www.txccrsc.org) also identifies one additional domain area, Systems, which identifies central office practices that facilitate and bring economy of scale to the other four domain areas.
“While the precise number of students requiring remediation is difficult to ascertain, federal statistics indicate that 40% of admitted and enrolled students take at least one remedial course, reducing dramatically their probability of graduating and costing up to an estimated $1 billion per year.” Dr. David Conley