About SREB Readiness Courses


Formerly Transitional Courses for College and Career Readiness
Part of the SREB grant: Advancing Common Core Standards, Educator Effectiveness, and College Readiness in SREB States

SREB has been working for two decades in the arena of implementing high school courses to help students transition into postsecondary study. One result today: SREB’s Readiness Courses (transitional courses), which assist a target group of students who have not been able to reach the state’s college- and career-readiness level with traditional core classes. SREB Readiness Courses help these students in high school to master literacy and numeracy skills they need for more rigorous learning — preparing them directly for career-training programs and/or college.

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.

With a grant from the Gates Foundation, SREB pulled together a team of states to build these Readiness Courses — collaboratively and cooperatively. Teams of state and local educators and policy-makers from more than a dozen states assisted SREB with this work.

The courses were developed by a team of state representatives from K-12 through higher education from the first five partner states — Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee. This diverse team worked together for two years to develop the courses and build consensus around how to prepare students for postsecondary work. Representatives from the additional partner states assisted in reviewing and revising of the courses before publication.