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College Readiness Standards

As a major component of the state’s broader P-16 initiatives, College Readiness Standards (CRS) were designed to articulate what students should know and be able to do to succeed in entry-level college courses. These standards were created by teams of higher and secondary education faculty and have been approved by the Texas State Board of Education.


CRS emphasize content knowledge as a means to an end: content stimulates students to engage in deeper levels of thinking. While college courses ask students to use knowledge to weigh and analyze important issues and questions, high school standards typically provide a broader set of core knowledge and skills, a foundation in literacy and basic mathematics. Even a high-quality college preparatory curriculum is unlikely to prepare students to pursue a specific major in college. It can, however, help students develop a foundation of skills that they can employ to successfully pursue hundreds of college majors.

The CRS are designed to represent a full range of knowledge and skills that students need to succeed in entry-level college courses, as well as in a wide range of majors and careers. According to research, over 80 percent of the jobs of the 21st century require some post-secondary education. By implementing these standards, secondary school and higher education faculty in all academic disciplines will advance the mission of Texas students ready for college.