Curriculum and School Improvement


Readiness Courses:
Math Ready and Literacy Ready

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

Ready for college

Courses to teach young adults the reading, writing and math skills they must have to succeed in college. They are 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, 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. Thirty-four schools were active in 2017-18. SREB is delivering 75 days of on-site coaching, including leading Shelby County Schools through a strategic planning process and 44 days of on-site staff development.

HSTW Board Member: Casey Haugner-Wrenn, Assistant Commissioner, 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 on-site coaching, technical assistance and professional development.

SREB has direct support contracts with Shelby County Schools and Metropolitan Nashville Public 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 four active schools in 2017-18. SREB delivered 22 days of on-site coaching and 16 days of on-site staff development to the schools. >