Curriculum and School Improvement


Readiness Courses:
Math Ready and Literacy Ready

Courses specifically designed to help underprepared students succeed in the next phase of education. 

Ready for college

Courses to teach young adults the reading, writing and math skills they must have to succeed in college. Taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems.

Tennessee uses transitional courses, including an option for the SREB Readiness Courses.

Ready for high school

New courses for the transition from middle grades to high school. Underprepared students take the classes in eighth or ninth grade.

Tennessee is one of 10 states that have participated in developing, field testing, training or piloting Ready for High School Literacy or Ready for High School Math >

High Schools That Work

The nation’s largest school improvement program. HSTW strategies transform high schools into places where all students master complex academic and technical concepts. More than 1,150 schools in 30 states use the framework and its six design features and nine key practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

HSTW State Network

Member states select schools to receive services. The fee for state membership in the consortium covers several services and visits.

Tennessee is a member of the High Schools That Work state network. Ten schools were active in 2015-16.

HSTW Board Member: Danielle Mezera, Assistant Commissioner for Career and Technical Education, Tennessee Department of Education

HSTW State Coordinator: Grace Palmer, Career Technical Education Specialist, Tennessee Department of Education

Contracts for Direct Support

Schools, districts and states contract with SREB for targeted school improvement services such as onsite coaching, technical assistance and professional development. 

Five Tennessee high schools contracted for direct services in 2014-15. SREB delivered 36 days of onsite coaching and 12 days of onsite staff development at the schools. >

Making Middle Grades Work

Engages state, district and school leaders in partnerships with teachers, students, parents and the community to raise student achievement in the middle grades. In addition to workshops and school visits, SREB links schools to the professional development resources they need. The network includes over 650 schools in 20 states.

Tennessee is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network, with 10 active schools in 2015-16. SREB delivered 62 days of onsite coaching and 28 days of onsite staff development to the schools. >