About College and Career Readiness
The Texas College and Career Readiness program is focused on ensuring that College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) are in place for all Texas students. Working in partnership with the Texas Education Agency and The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the program seeks to create a vibrant CCRS culture of high expectation and achievement amongst both students and the educational communities who support them.
Why? Because transitioning smoothly into higher education and on into exceptional career success takes more than graduating from high school. Becoming part of a CCRS culture early on can be a major step towards individual achievement. Just as any culture comprises characteristic beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, so will a CCRS culture provide students with a chance to experience ideas and approaches shared by other successful college students and career professionals.
The Texas College and Career Readiness program recognizes that achieving these goals will require vision and support at every level of Texas' educational system.
To get more information on the purpose, process, results, and timeline of the overarching Texas CCR program - as well as access to further resources and training and events information - please visit the Texas College and Career Readiness Program website.
Who Can Participate in the Program?
The Texas College and Career Readiness program is an open, collaborative effort amongst the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and the many other people, organizations, and institutions who are involved with the creation, alignment, and on-going work of the program. Those involved include:
- The TEA
- The THECB
- K-12 Teachers and Counselors
- K-12 Administration
- College Instructors
- College Administration
The Basis of the CCRS Initiative
The College and Career Readiness initiative comes out of the increasing recognition that in today's economic environment high school graduation alone may not be enough to ensure a bright future.
The need for learning beyond high school has become increasingly critical. Yet, in spite of the fact that today we see the majority of high school graduates entering college within a few years of graduation, research also shows that significant numbers of these students will be under-prepared for even entry-level college work. The Texas College and Career Readiness Program seeks to turn that situation around.
To understand the CCRS initiative in greater detail, please explore the following resources developed by the Texas Higher Education College Board (THECB) in consultation with The Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC):
- College Readiness Perspectives Video
- Texas College and Career Readiness Initiative
Overview: Standards and Implementation [1.1MB .pdf]
- EPIC CCRS Project Summary
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