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About the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards

Recognizing the importance of a world class education, the 79th Texas Legislature, Third Called Special Session, passed House Bill 1, the “Advancement of College Readiness in 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 legislation required the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to establish Vertical Teams (VTs) to develop College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in the areas of English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. These standards specify what students must know and be able to do to succeed in entry-level courses at postsecondary institutions in Texas.

Vertical Teams were composed of secondary and postsecondary faculty. In 2007, the VTs met in February, March, June, and August and developed draft standards to present to the THECB. At its October 2007 meeting, Board members approved posting of the draft standards for public comment. Over 1500 comments were received and were reviewed by the VTs as they prepared their final drafts. The drafts were submitted to the Commissioner of Higher Education who presented them to the THECB for adoption at its January 2008 meeting. The CCRS were approved unanimously and sent to the Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education for incorporation into the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

For more information, view the official THECB release of the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards (PDF).