College and Career Readiness Model (CCRM)
Preparing Texas high school students for a successful future
The Texas College and Career Readiness Models (CCRM) Network is a network of Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (T-STEM) Academies, Early College High Schools (ECHS), and Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA). These initiatives, led by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), help historically underserved students develop technical skills, earn dual college credit, and pursue in-demand career paths. Through this network, the TEA is creating synergies by consolidating these individual models under one umbrella of support.
This integrated approach to technical assistance creates efficiencies, spurs cross-model learning, and provides customized support to schools and districts as they implement these models to increase the college and career readiness of their students.
Targeted Technical Assistance
TEA is ensuring each of the more than 300 T-STEM, ECHS, and ICIA designated campuses across the state receive targeted technical assistance provided by Educate Texas to:
Address specific leadership team needs through customized coaching — on-site and virtual — for each campus.
Share best practices and help identify and resolve shared challenges through an integrated network of college and career readiness schools.
Highlight successes and share learning using communication tools.
Engage in professional development opportunities including an annual leadership summit and regional convenings.
Early College High School (ECHS)
Helping historically underserved students earn college credit before high school graduation
The Early College High School (ECHS) model blends high school and college coursework to provide at-risk and historically underserved students and students who wish to accelerate their learning the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree and/or 60 hours of college credit — tuition-free. The program puts higher education within reach of students who may otherwise be unlikely to attend college and helps them prepare for a college environment.
Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM)
Foundational knowledge of the subjects most needed for success
The Texas STEM initiative creates secondary schools that focus on improving instruction and academic performance in science and mathematics-related subjects and increasing the number of students who study and enter STEM careers. Job opportunities in STEM fields are growing, yet many Texas students — especially low-income and minority students — are not provided the exposure to the subjects and experiences needed to succeed in these fields. T-STEM connects students with rigorous content to sharpen their working knowledge of these subjects. It builds context and relevance by providing students work experiences connected to STEM fields.
Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA)
Key pathways to high-demand careers in regional industries
Industry Cluster Innovative Academies (ICIA) prepare students for the workforce in specific industry clusters designated by the Office of the Texas Governor. The initiative provides opportunities for work-based learning and college course credit within target clusters.