“Our students face an economic landscape quite unlike that experienced by their parents,” said Dr. Lupita Garcia, Director of College and Career Readiness. “It is important for our educational system to continue to evolve and change in order to meet the needs of our students. Our schools are indeed the economic engines of our community, and we must provide the resources and direction to prepare our students for college and career opportunities.”
- enroll and succeed in credit-bearing, first-year courses at a post-secondary institution without the need for remediation;
- earn a high-level industry certification;
- gain entry-level employment in a high-skill, high-wage job; and/or
- enter military service through the branch of the student’s choice.
The framework for a comprehensive CCR plan includes goals for students, parents and the District. After determining baseline data, measurable outcomes for performance targets will be set and professional development will be conducted for teachers. CCR goals include ensuring all students test on or above grade level in math and reading (K-12), and ensuring students graduate with the Recommended High School Plan or Distinguished Achievement Plan at the college readiness level.
- College and Career Readiness Culture and Mindset
- PreK-12 Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program
- 21st Century Skills Attainment
- Advanced Academic Course (AAC) Offerings open to all students
- CTE Opportunities and Rigorous Courses Leading to Industry Certifications
- College and Career Resource Centers
- Responsive Academic Support and Intervention
- Teacher Support – Training in CTE and AAC Current Trends and Strategies
- Innovative School Model Options
- Parent Engagement that Leads to Full Knowledge of College and Career Readiness
Additionally, eleven CCR Advisors will be hired so that each high school will have a person dedicated to assisting students and parents through the college admissions process, as well as working closely with the counseling departments to support their work in ensuring equitable educational access for college readiness and entry to high-level employment for all students. The FBISD CCR Advisor model mirrors the one created by The Higher Education Coordinating Board, which established 10 Regional Special Advisors to assist colleges, universities and local school districts by providing information, assisting implementation efforts, sharing professional development opportunities and facilitating alignment efforts with public schools.