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. Faculty may have similar emotions: “Am I really preparing my students?” and “How do I know if they are college ready?”
The College Readiness Assignments for Texas (CRAfT) project set out to address these issues by bringing together an amazing team of educators from high schools, community colleges, and four-year universities, each with content expertise and experience with the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards. The CRAfT team spent the past 3 years developing, field-testing, and revising 50 College Readiness Assignments (CRAs), designed to help students and educators unwrap the challenge of being college and career ready. The CRAs and other valuable resources are freely available to educators and students via our newly-redesigned website: craftx.org. This website represents the collaboration of higher education faculty and staff with high school faculty and staff to help address the challenge of creating more college and career ready students in the state of Texas. I invite you to spend time looking around the website and exploring the CRAs and other resources available.
In addition to the assignments, videos, and resources you see on the site, we will periodically update this blog with updates from the CRAfT team as well as the world of college and career readiness, including new and innovative research and program ideas for educators. 
We are proud to be part of an extended network of educators focusing on college and career readiness. Only through our solid efforts have enrollments and degree attainments improved. We know there is more work to do, and we are excited to work with you.  Thanks for visiting CRAFTx.org, and thank you for being our partners in readiness.