The Rio Grande Guardian reported on August 26, 2014 on the new initiative to get students college ready in subjects of English and Math.
WESLACO, August 26 – High school seniors who may be struggling academically to get a post-secondary education will now be able to take courses in English and Math to alleviate this that have been developed by university professors.
Success with this curriculum will mean the students are accepted as being college ready by the five higher education institutions in the Rio Grande Valley.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by dozens of school districts and the five higher education institutions at a ceremony at South Texas College’s Mid-Valley campus in Weslaco on Friday. Coordinating the project with the colleges, universities and school districts are Region One Education Service Center and RGV Focus.
Participants at the MOU signing said the regional cooperation is unique in Texas. House Bill 5, a landmark education bill passed last legislative session, required every high school in Texas collaborate with at least one college to develop the English and Math courses. The Valley entities met and agreed the collaboration be regional, so that every high school offers the same curriculum.