Monday, August 27, 2007

Commission for a College Ready Texas to visit Harlingen, San Antonio

By TEA / North Texas eNews
Aug 26, 2007

AUSTIN - After successful meetings in Austin, Houston, Arlington, and Midland, the Commission for a College Ready Texas (CCRT) will hold meetings in Harlingen and San Antonio during September.

The Harlingen regional meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Harlingen Independent School District Administration Building at 407 N. 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen.

The San Antonio meeting, originally scheduled for Friday, has been rescheduled for Sept. 14 at a location to be determined.

Recognizing the importance of broad, diverse public engagement, Gov. Rick Perry appointed the Commission in March to provide a forum to exchange views on aligning high school curriculum with college standards. The goal of the CCRT is to provide support to the statutorily-created vertical teams and to the State Board of Education (SBOE) regarding the requirements of House Bill 1.

Passed and signed into law in 2006, House Bill 1 requires the vertical teams of educators to define college readiness and the SBOE to re-align high school curriculum and develop online instructional resources for students and professional development for educators. The activities of the CCRT aim to provide a forum for Texans to share their views on college-readiness, to facilitate the work of college readiness across the state, and to provide research and support to the vertical teams and to the SBOE in fulfilling the requirements of HB 1.

The Commission is chaired by Austin attorney and education policy leader Sandy Kress, and ex-officio members of the CCRT include acting Commissioner of Education Robert Scott, Texas Education Agency, and Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

At the Harlingen and San Antonio meetings, the Commission will solicit public testimony on college readiness at the meeting on the following topics: the importance of preparing students for college and career, specific ideas about the definition or measures of college readiness, and actions the State of Texas can take to ensure students are prepared to succeed in higher education.

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