The Texas College and Career Readiness Network Digest
    A College and Career Readiness Newsfeed for the State of Texas
 Issue 4  January 2014

Houston Pathways Joins in House Bill 5 College Course Efforts


With the passage of House Bill 5, Houston Pathways is extending the progress it has already made to aid in creating a fully developed college prep course, with the collaboration of partners around the region.


Houston Pathways has conducted college preparation in senior high school classes for the last three consecutive spring semesters. After receiving a semester of college preparation, students averaged an increase of 1.4 levels on college entrance exams.


Jobs for the Future Leads Discussions on Improving Higher Education Outcomes


girl-book-sm.jpg On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Jobs for the Future hosted the first of three webinars on improving higher education outcomes in the United States.


The webinar focused on how colleges can access and leverage data to demonstrate employment outcomes to help students. As part of this effort, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board partnered with Mark Schneider, creator and President of College Measures, to share data concerning the first year earnings of graduates of public Texas higher education institutes


GenTX Announces Winners of GenTX Week's Take the Challenge!


$1500 Scholarship

Congratulations to Hannah Martinez from Fort Worth, Texas for being the Video Contest Winner! View her winning video and be inspired! 



GenTX Week's Star Award

Congratulations to James Pace High School in Brownsville, Texas for completing the most college applications at!



Top 10 Most Inspiring Teachers  

This section's nominations were all received from students! View winners from Austin, Fort Worth, Irving, Laredo, Round Rock, Tyler, and Victoria 


National Center for Education Statistics Releases Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in an International Context


*China's scores are an average of the four regions included in this report.  

The National Center for Education Statistics' full report can be found here. The data shown below is the 2012 average scores of 15-year-old students on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) reading, science and mathematics literacy scales.



Professional Development Spotlight 

College Readiness 
January 16 - 17
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
January 15
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
January 22
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Spotlight Events are based solely on the feedback of the Network. To share your institution's college and career readiness events, simply click the "Submit an Event" icon and complete the information requested.


In This Issue
Houston Pathways Joins in HB5 College Course Efforts
Jobs for the Future Leads Discussion on Improving Higher Education Outcomes
GenTX Announces Winners of Take the Challege
Performance of U.S. 15-Year-Old Students in an International Context
Professional Development Spotlight
Notable Statistics - THECB Preliminary 2013 Enrollment Data

 College and Career Readiness Headlines 

The Texas Tribune
December 31, 2013
San Antonio Express News
December 31, 2013
Brownsville Herald
December 28, 2013
December 23, 2013


December 23, 2013 

Campus Technology 

December 20, 2013

Inside Competency-Based-Degrees 

Texas Education Agency 

December 17, 2013

 December Texas Education Today Updates Graduation Requirements, Bond Guarantees 

Journal of the Association of Institutional Research 

December 6, 2013

Preparing Students for College and Careers: The Casual Role of Algebra II


December 6, 2013

Interactive: Austin ISD Graduation Rates, Visualized 

Dallas Morning News

December 4, 2013

Texas Students Still Struggling on Slashed Battery of State Exams 

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education 

December 3, 2013

IHEP Releases Project Win-Win 

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  Contributing Editors: 

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Chris Cheatham, 

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