The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) has developed a model college- and career-readiness agenda, based on SREBs work over several years and based on the practices of several states. This agenda outlines a series of steps that states can follow to complete an effective statewide college-readiness initiative. How each state addresses each step may vary. SREBs experience shows that that each of the following steps is essential if a statewide college- and career-readiness initiative is to be successful. The model agenda provides a general framework against which a state’s progress in its readiness initiative can be reviewed.