Blog: College and Career Readiness

Blog post Gene BottomsSenior Vice President, SREB
Photo of a female CTE student operating a drill press.

West Virginia: Leading-Edge Career-Tech Showcased in The New York Times
State's partnerships with SREB go far beyond adoption of Advanced Career Energy and Power pathway.

A recent article in The New York Times describes how West Virginia’s career and technical education programs are preparing students for degrees and careers in the state’s high-tech, high-demand industries. “Far from being strictly a job training program for teenagers, classes like Advanced Career Energy and Power require math and physics instruction as rigorous as in the College Board’s Advanced Placement track.”

Here are six ways the state partners with SREB in CTE and readiness.

Blog post Kim Anderson, Director, and Mary Elizabeth Mira, Assistant Director, SREB's Benchmarking College- and Career-Readiness Standards Project
Report cover: Alignment of Instructional Materials: Trends in State Efforts,

Heavy Lift
Aligning Classroom Materials to State Standards

SREB report can serve as a guide as work continues

Big changes don’t happen overnight. And when states adopted higher education standards, it was only the first step in a long-term effort to improve schools so all students graduate high school with what they need to be ready for college and careers.

Next came the complex work of implementing the standards. Schools needed textbooks, curricula and lesson plans designed with the new standards in mind. Teachers needed training to shift their classroom strategies to help students meet the readiness standards.

Blog post Kirsten SundellDirector, Product Development and Communications, Career Pathways

SREB States Lead the Way on Computer Science Education
Inside InfoSys Foundation's National Computer Science Education Convening

National convening attendees share best practices for increasing access to quality CS learning experiences

Last month I was privileged to participate in InfoSys Foundation’s CrossRoads 2017 convening on computer science and maker education in San Francisco. The convening’s attendee list included state and local government representatives, thought leaders, K-12 educators, postsecondary faculty and not-for-profit computing organizations from across the US — including many SREB states.

Blog post Gene Bottoms
Gene Bottoms, Senior Vice President of SREB

Accelerating Postsecondary Attainment – in High School

Gene Bottoms explains why and how the new High Schools That Work model gives seniors a head start on a credential or degree.

Since the 1970s, the educational and economic landscapes of the United States have undergone seismic shifts along the fault line of postsecondary attainment.

Blog post Gene Bottoms

Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s Challenges

Preparing students for good-paying, middle-class jobs in the 21st-century economy is going to take more innovation, creativity, steadfastness and hard work on the part of schools, principals, teachers, counselors and students. A new approach to education is needed to prepare students for new technology, rising workplace requirements and stiffer competition.

Blog post John Squires

In Alabama, High School to College Collaboration on Readiness
Community Colleges Partner with K-12 Schools to Get Ready

Kudos to the Alabama Department of Education and the Alabama Community College System for working together to increase student readiness among the state’s high school graduates.

Alabama is piloting the two SREB Readiness Courses to increase high school seniors’ preparedness for postsecondary studies, and the Alabama Community College System has endorsed the K-12 efforts.