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What is CCRS?

College & Career Readiness Standards(CCRS) identifies,defines and implements the levels of preparation a students needs to know to be successful in higher education and workforce opportunities upon high school graduation.   

Texas College Career Readiness Standards:  A guide of student's readiness to progress to the next level of higher education and careers; adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) in 2008.

What is a College Readiness Special Advisor?

The College Readiness Special Advisor (CRSA) is an appointed representative from a Texas college or university, who reports to the chief instructional officer or chief academic officer at the participating institution. The Advisor serves as an academic liaison to the office of College Readiness at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Special Advisors share information on college readiness initiatives with their faculty and inform the THECB of activities on campus that pertain to college readiness and/or concerns relating to implementation.

Who are CCR Special Advisors?

In fall of 2009 the THECB appointed 10 Regional Special Advisors to coordinate college and career readiness initiatives in the following areas:    
Central, Gulf Coast, Metroplex, High Plains, Northwest, South, Southwest, Southeast, Upper East, West.  Within these regions there are 125 institutions of higher education with designated Special Advisors to distribute information on the CCRS, assist the THEB in measures taken towards refinement of the CCRS and to assist implementation efforts by sharing information on professional development and by facilitating alignment efforts with local public schools.

Why have CCR?

To provide the necessary knowledge and skills for students to succeed with seamless transition from every level of education: Pre-school through college and beyond in the workforce with:

  • Time Management
  • Persistence
  • Attitude
  • Performance
  • Study skills/groups

Who can participate?

  • K-12 Administration
  • K-12 Teachers and Counselors
  • College Administration
  • College Educators
  • Students
  • Parents

As well as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Texas Education Agency (TEA) and other organizations and institutions who worked collaboratively with the creation of the College & Career Readiness Standards and continued involvement of the program. 

Beginning of CCR

  •  In 2006 the 79th Texas Legislature (3rd called Session) enacted legislation in advancing college and career readiness through House Bill 1.  Implemented by the P-16 College Readiness & Success Strategic Action Plan; the staff of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Texas Education Agency (TEA), Texas Workforce Commission and the Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services worked  together creating the strategic plan addressing the House Bill 1 and integrating roles and responsibilities of the collaborating agencies.
  • The Coordinating Board and Commissions of Education adopted the Texas College & Career Readiness Standards(CCRS) in 2008. Created through vertical teams of statewide public & higher education faculty with expertise in English/language arts, Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics.   An advisory committee also was appointed by the governor with representatives from the business industry, the community, and public & higher education institutions.

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