Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS)
The Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) program targets students that have not achieved college readiness benchmarks by introducing the college developmental curriculum into the high school senior year. Developed by K-12 teachers and higher education faculty at Chattanooga State Community College, SAILS embeds the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Learning Support competencies into the high school senior year math course utilizing a blended learning model. SAILS is a key aspect of the Governor’s Drive to 55 in removing barriers to college success by allowing students to begin a higher education career prepared for credit bearing coursework.
The SAILS Math program has been in place statewide since 2013. Students completing the SAILS Math program demonstrate mastery of all five TBR math competencies and begin college in credit bearing courses. The SAILS Math program was highlighted by Inside Higher Ed and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a promising best practice in reducing the need for college remediation. SAILS is honored to be the recipient of the Education Commission of the State’s 2018 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation.
In the 2018-19 school year, the SAILS math program will be available to 15,000 Tennessee high school seniors representing nearly half of the students that have not met college ready benchmarks by the senior year of high school.