This guide is meant to identify and implement strategies aligned with College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) to close gaps in student knowledge levels as they move from secondary to post-secondary curricula.
Regional vertical alignment partners: two and four-year colleges, P-16 councils, independent school districts, and education service center leaders promote the importance of secondary and post-secondary vertical alignment as a means to students’ college and career readiness and success.
This initiative was prompted by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which resulted in the partnership to align curriculum and expectations between Grade 12 and the freshman year in college in the eastern region of Texas. Our goal is to improve college readiness for students in our region by exploring the CCRS and facilitating dialogue between high school faculty who teach juniors and seniors, and college faculty who teach freshman level courses.
In addition to CCRS, several documents continue to serve as the foundation to support the initiative. These documents include the Writing Program Administrators Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition and the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing, a publication developed by the Council of Writing Program Administrators, National Council of Teachers of English, and National Writing Project.