College Preparatory Courses (AVATAR)


Education to Employment (E2E) Partners, a recognized Regional P-16 Council, continues to research, revise, and support the implementation of college readiness and preparatory courses throughout school districts in the Coastal Bend through the Academic Vertical Alignment Training and Renewal (AVATAR) regional committee.

Background Information
In Texas, students are College Ready and/or Career Ready if they meet certain academic indicators or standardized testing benchmarks set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA). In general, College- and Career- Ready graduates should be able to enter and succeed in entry-level post-secondary courses with no need for remediation.

In the City of Corpus Christi, 30% of recent high school graduates were College-Ready in both English and Math.  In order to increase this rate, College Preparation Courses were developed for students to take during high school so that they can enroll college without the need for remediation.

College Preparatory Courses (CPC) in English and Mathematics were developed in partnership with Coastal Bend College, Del Mar College, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, and Texas A&M University – Kingsville and are valid in participating school districts in the Coastal Bend.

Upon successful completion of these courses, students are not required to take remedial or developmental education when they enroll in college.

For more information on the CPC and AVATAR, contact Dr. Janet Cunningham at (361) 813-9946 or jcunningham@edexcellence.org.

Exam Resources
The Spring 2020 Semester Exam for the College Preparatory Mathematics Course (CPMC) has been completed and is available at https://math.esc2.net/node/18.  Instructions for the exam are also posted to the semester exam page.

You many also contact Steven Mendoza, Secondary Math Specialist for ESC 2, at steven.mendoza@esc2.us.


General Guidelines
1) For districts that have signed on to the Region 2 College Prep Memorandum of Understanding, it is mandated that the exam count for 15% of the first semester grade.

2) Data results shall be reported to the Mathematics College Prep Course development team. Please email the report to Dr. Janet Cunningham at jcunningham@edexcellence.org.

3) The MOU that sets course requirements has been updated so that students must have a course average of 70 in order to receive a College Readiness designation and be exempt from the TSIA math requirement.


Locally developed general course information:

http://hb5.esc2.net/

Specific information on the Mathematics College Preparatory Course:
http://www.math.esc2.net/node/18

Guidelines Regarding the Development and Implementation of College Readiness Preparatory Courses
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/6207.PDF

AVATAR
http://board.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=F8323AAF-E807-E64A-33D46D24FF5BF585


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