The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has established the college and career readiness standards Faculty Collaborative Initiative to provide faculty at institutions of higher education who prepare pre-service teachers with the latest information and resources regarding the implementation of the standards.
The activities of the Faculty Collaborative are designed to ensure that prospective teachers receive preparation that is closely aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards. This will, in turn, allow new teachers to better prepare their students to be college-ready.
The College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) were jointly developed and adopted by the THECB and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). There are standards in four content areas—mathematics, science, English language arts and social studies—as well as a set of cross-disciplinary standards.
K-12 schools in Texas are incorporating these standards into their curricula and instruction, and the Faculty Collaborative is helping institutions of higher education incorporate these standards into their teacher preparation programs.
The work of extending the CCRS into teacher preservice programs is being conducted through four university partnerships that together comprise the Faculty Collaborative. These partnerships center on the four subjects addressed by the standards (mathematics, science, English language arts and social studies). Respective universities and areas of expertise include:
• The Mathematics Collaborative is located at Texas State University
• The Science Collaborative is located at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
• The English Language Arts Collaborative is located at The University of Texas at Austin
• The Social Studies Collaborative is located at The University of Texas at Arlington
The Faculty Collaborative Initiative is managed by Dr. Araceli Ortiz, Director, Educator Quality Unit; and, Dr. Judy Loredo, Assistant Commissioner, THECB P-16 Department.