Math CRAs

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 08:42 -- Hillary Procknow

This entry marks the third in a series of five blogs that will explore the College Readiness Assignments (CRAs) in each of the 5 subject areas in which they are housed.

As with all the College Readiness Assignments (CRAs) on, The Math CRAs address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the Texas Collage and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS).

English/Language Arts CRAs

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 14:20 -- Anonymous (not verified)

This entry marks the second in a series of five blogs that will explore the College Readiness Assignments (CRAs) in each of the 5 subject areas in which they are housed.


The English/Language Arts (ELA) College Readiness Assignments (CRAs) address the TEKS and CCRS, as do all the CRAs on In addition, they cover the key cognitive and foundational skills that students need to complete the four years of English in high school, to read difficult texts in other disciplines, and to prepare for college and careers.

Student Testimonials

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:35 -- Cassandre Alvarado

In a previous blog entry, you heard from faculty, so now we want to share students’ experiences of readiness with you. As described elsewhere on, readiness is about building skills rather than just memorizing content. We can present, again and again, what the research shows about readiness, but that is not as powerful as first-person student testimonials. These quotes from current first-year UT students truly illustrate the challenges students face entering college as well as what readiness really means.

Sustaining Engagement over Winter Break

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:04 -- Emily Johnson

Winter break is fast approaching, and for many students and educators, it is time of rest and relaxation. For students, winter break can be up to a month long, so I often worry about them remaining engaged and intellectually stimulated. We know that frequent low-stakes quizzes have shown to improve learning, and we know that summer breaks can reduce gains in learning achieved during the school year. Certainly students need time of rejuvenation, but we also do not want their minds to lay completely fallow such that they forget material or lose the progress from the previous term.

Faculty Testimonials

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 15:43 -- Emily Johnson

This edition of the CRAfT blog features two brief testimonials from faculty members who field-tested CRAs with their students during the 2012-2013 school year. As you may already know, each of the 50 CRAs on the website went through a rigorous testing process in which high school and college faculty implemented them with their students to determine both their usability and their effectiveness in improving students’ college and career readiness across three key domains: cognitive skills, foundational skills, and content knowledge.

3 Key Ideas about Readiness

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 09:46 -- Cassandre Alvarado

There is a lot of chatter in higher education circles, and beyond, about college readiness, and in each of those conversations the meaning of readiness varies dramatically. For some, readiness refers to students’ preparedness to complete the college search and enrollment process, while others believe readiness amounts to content knowledge in a certain discipline. For the state of Texas, readiness refers to students’ ability to succeed in credit-bearing coursework upon entry into higher education.

Welcome to CRAfT!

Tue, 10/01/2013 - 16:54 -- Cassandre Alvarado

Welcome to the CRAfT Blog! As we begin the 2013-2014 school year, students and faculty alike are filled with anticipation and excitement. For students approaching high school graduation, those feelings can be a mixture of joy and apprehension. Some of that apprehension comes from feelings of anxiety about the challenges ahead. “Can I cut it in college?”, “Do I know what I’m doing?”, and “Am I ready for the real world?” are all too familiar refrains from students.


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