This report summarizes three years of data from studies of SREB’s
Literacy Ready and Math Ready courses.
In response to states’ need for transitional curricula to prepare
at-risk students for the rigors of postsecondary course work,
SREB partnered with curriculum experts and state leaders to
develop and pilot Literacy Ready and Math Ready during the
2013-15 school years. Hundreds of schools around the nation have
since adopted these courses.
A key component of SREB’s recommendations for statewide
readiness is implementation of transitional courses in
literacy and math. This publication describes SREB’s Readiness
Courses and provides data about their effectiveness. It
offers recommendations for states to increase college
readiness and for schools that offer transitional courses.
Many schools need to use the senior year to close the readiness
gap and prepare students who aren’t quite ready for college
reading or math. SREB’s Readiness Courses are designed to
address these specific needs.
This brochure gives a quick overview of the eight units in
Math Ready and the six Literacy Ready units in English, history
For states and schools that wish to close the readiness gap, SREB
developed two sets of readiness courses in literacy and
mathematics. This brochure presents an overview of the
courses to prepare students for college and for high
Educators from Georgia, Mississippi and
Tennessee, and schools in Arkansas and Mississippi, in
were honored this week with the Southern Regional Education
Board’s Readiness awards. These national awards recognize
outstanding teachers and leaders offering SREB’s Readiness
Courses, which help underprepared students succeed in high school
and postsecondary programs without the need for remediation.
Three educators and a South Carolina high school were honored
this week with Southern Regional Education Board awards. These
recognize outstanding teaching and leadership with SREB Readiness
Courses, which help underprepared students succeed in high
school and postsecondary studies. The winners were honored at
SREB’s Readiness Courses Institute in Orlando, Florida.
Four educators were honored this week for their work to
help underprepared students succeed in high school and
postsecondary studies. Mary Zluticky of Horn Lake High
School in Mississippi, Phil Wesson of Sheridan High in Arkansas,
and Marla Davis and Jean Massey of the Mississippi
Department of Education won SREB awards.
North Carolina adopted transition courses early. The state’s
Essentials for College Math course is based on SREB Math
Ready units, and the state trained more than 150 teachers in
2014-15 and an additional 90 in summer 2015.
In the summer of 2015, the Mississippi Department of Education
trained more than 200 teachers — more than 60 in Literacy Ready
and 160 in Math Ready. To support these teachers, Mississippi
created an SREB Ready endorsement. The state affixes an SREB
Literacy Ready or SREB Math Ready endorsement to the
certifications of teachers who complete the initial training
and the online follow-up training.
2013 legislation in Arkansas calls for the high schools
to assess students before they graduate from high school and
offer transitional courses for those who do not meet college- and
career-readiness standards. In response, the Arkansas
Department of Education trained more than 300 educators to
teach the SREB Readiness Courses — more than half of them
for the Literacy Ready course, demonstrating a major
commitment to literacy in Arkansas.