Readiness Courses in Literacy & Math


SREB Readiness Courses
Getting Students Ready to Succeed

SREB Readiness Courses help underprepared students succeed in high school and postsecondary studies. SREB developed the courses, with input from state leaders and master teachers, to improve student skills and understanding in literacy and mathematics. 

Blog post John Squires

Readiness Courses Are Making a Difference
Students Increase ACT Scores Significantly

High school seniors who take SREB’s Literacy Ready and Math Ready courses can substantially increase their readiness for college. We analyzed ACT scores of students in two states – before and after they took the transitional courses. More than half increased their scores, with average increases of 2 to 3.5 points on ACT sub-score and composite scores.


Educators Win Readiness Awards at National Conference
Outstanding leadership in improving college readiness for high school students in Arkansas, Mississippi and North Carolina

Five educators were honored for their work to help underprepared students succeed. These Southern Regional Education Board awards recognize outstanding teaching and leadership with SREB Readiness Courses, which help underprepared students succeed in high school and postsecondary studies.


Readiness Courses: A Brief History

SREB has been working for two decades on implementing high school courses to help students transition into postsecondary study. This effort expands on work initiated in 2008 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — the SREB multi-year project called Strengthening Statewide College/Career Readiness Initiatives.

Publication Megan RootJanuary 20138 pages

Transitional Courses for College and Career Readiness
Essential Elements of State Policy for College Completion

Offering high school courses to prepare underprepared students for success in college or career training after graduation is a key strategy to reduce remediation, increase postsecondary completion and provide greater access to making a living wage. This Essential Elements policy brief details efforts in states across the nation, outlines questions policymakers need to address, and recommends 12 essential elements for an effective statewide policy to implement transitional courses.