Texas College and Career Readiness Standards - English/Language Arts and Mathematics (CCRS - ELAM) Review and Revision Project
Section 28.008 of the Texas Education Code, entitled "Advancement of College Readiness in Curriculum," was created by the Third Special Called Session of the 79th Texas Legislature. This section requires that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) establish discipline-based vertical teams to develop College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) that address what students must know and be able to do to succeed in entry-level college courses offered at Texas public community/technical colleges and universities.
TEC section 28.008 was amended by the Regular Session of the 83rd Texas Legislature to require that vertical teams periodically review the college readiness standards and expectations, and recommend any revisions of the standards for approval. TEA is responsible for recruiting public educators that will make up 40 percent of the vertical teams, and THECB is responsible for recruiting the remaining 60 percent. Each vertical team will be representative of the state's geographic, institutional and population diversity.
Phase I of the project will address the English/Language Arts and Mathematics disciplines. Phase II, set to begin in 2018, will address the Science, Social Studies, and, ultimately, Cross-Disciplinary standards. The Cross-Disciplinary standards will be reviewed by faculty draw from the subject-area teams, and thus must be the final set to be reviewed.
The grantee will facilitate the review of the English/Language Arts and Mathematics College and Career Readiness Standards using discipline-based vertical teams composed of postsecondary faculty and public school educators, as well as faculty members with career and technical education expertise in those disciplines. The grantee will conduct an online statewide field validation survey to determine the alignment of the CCRS with what is expected by faculty members at Texas public community/technical colleges and universities.
The vertical team members will convene for two, multiple-day workshops in Austin, Texas to discuss statewide field validation survey results, to review current CCRS, and to revise current CCRS, as needed. The proposed revisions will be posted to the Texas Register and the public will be invited to review and comment on the revisions later in the spring.
On or about August 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018. If funding permits, awarded applicant may receive continuation funding for Phase II.