College and Career Readiness

College- and career-ready high school graduates have the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to succeed in life, whether they plan to attend college (two- or four-year, or technical school) or start a job. This means that, since childhood, the students have been academically prepared and provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan their careers and live their lives with success.
As the 21st century continues to unfold, the educational experience needs to keep pace with the demands of the increasingly competitive, knowledge-based and technologically driven society.
Educate Texas understands the urgency of transforming Texas classrooms and schools to meet the needs of 21st century students. By partnering with state agencies, school districts, high-performing charter schools, higher education institutions and funders, Educate Texas is implementing pilot programs and scaling outcome-driven strategies to prepare students for higher education and the workforce.


Established in August 2017, the CCRSM network brings together two proven models — Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) and Early College High School (ECHS) — and two newer models — Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) and Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) under a single umbrella of support.
The Investing in Innovation grant funded the Early College Expansion Partnership, a five year initiative which began in 2012 with two goals: 1) to scale up designs of early college programs through systemwide secondary school improvement and college readiness strategies for all students, and 2) to position early college designs to continue and expand after the funding period ended.
In 2011, faced with research showing that Texas high school students rank higher for college and career readiness when they receive science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) training, Educate Texas and partner TI Foundation identified Lancaster Independent School District (LISD) as an ideal district to receive a grant to partner in implementing a districtwide STEM project over five years.
The Texas Pathways to Prosperity network is a partnership of agencies and organizations that seeks to ensure that more youth complete high school and attain college degrees or credentials for high-demand occupations throughout the state of Texas. The initiative focuses on creating coherent programs of activities from grades 9-14+ leading to post-secondary credentials or degrees by leveraging the existing structures, requirement, and resources of key partners.
Across the state, schools facing poor or stagnant test scores and student performance gaps are realizing that one size does not fit all when it comes to instructional strategies. Educate Texas is investing in multiple efforts to understand the impact of “blended learning” — an approach that combines face-to-face teaching methods with engaging online learning components that allow instructors and students to personalize the pace and path of instruction. By funding five Raising Blended Learners demonstration sites throughout the state, Educate Texas is helping our partners at Raise Your Hand Texas to provide a more personalized learning experience in school districts with achievement challenges.
In May 2018, the Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation announced a $4.6 million grant to Richardson ISD to Educate Texas to support Richardson ISD in creating a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) feeder pattern within the Lloyd V. Berkner High School attendance zone. With technical assistance provided by Educate Texas, this initiative supports 16 schools serving more than 10,000 students from 80 different countries.
This effort aims to show measurable change in 8th grade math outcomes over the course of a year, building on Educate Texas’ overarching efforts to enhance key transition points in a student’s educational journey to ultimately increase the number of students who pursue postsecondary education after high school.
The Texas Urban Council of Superintendents is the pre-eminent voice for traditional urban public schools. The Council meets regularly, focusing on governmental relations, governance, school turnaround, leadership development, human capital management, college access for urban youth, second language learning and many other shared interests.