Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support
Rethinking Remediation, Creating a Pathway to Postsecondary Success
The Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) program targets students who 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, SAILS embeds the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Learning Support competencies into the high school senior year math course, allowing students to begin their higher education career prepared for credit-bearing coursework.
SAILS utilizes a facilitated hybrid instructional model, combining the professional pedagogical expertise of the certified teacher with dynamic properties of multimedia and digital content. Research supports that this blended system of teaching and learning is the most effective at engaging students with their work, and increases their success rate.
SAILS Math: Students must score an 18 or less on the math component of the ACT.
Advantages to Students
Students who complete the SAILS course:
- Earn their high school math credit
- Eliminate the need for developmental courses in college
- Can enter college-level math without having to retake the ACT or Accuplacer test
- Remove the financial burden of paying for developmental classes in college
- Save time when they can start college-level work right away (“get ahead” and not “catch up”)
- Greatly increase their chance of earning a degree and graduating on time
As part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 Initiative, SAILS TN is attracting national attention for its innovative and practical solution to the college readiness problem. The SAILS program is a collaboration with all 13 community colleges, the Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Tennessee Department of Education, and the Governor’s Office. It is leading the way in transforming the college readiness landscape in the state.
In the 2015-2016 academic year, SAILS Math served over 14,000 students in 243 high schools. The year came to a close with a 92% completion rate. In the 2016-2017 academic year, SAILS Math served over 13,000 students in 276 high schools. The completion rate hit an all-time high of 97%. This academic year (2017-2018), SAILS Math served over 11,000 students in 268 high schools. The year ended with a completion rate of 87%.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, SAILS Math is expected to serve 15,000 students in over 280 high schools. The program is currently in 92/95 counties across the state.
Community College and High School Partnership
The SAILS Field Coordinators are the backbone of the SAILS initiative. They are the liaisons between the community colleges and high schools. This partnership is the most critical element to the SAILS program. Each community college will support the high schools in its service region with the implementation of the program. The student support network includes both the college and high school faculty members who will be working together to ensure student progress, learning, and success. The Field Coordinator provides technical, content and logistical support to both the college and the high school team members. Teamwork is the foundation of SAILS, and by having professionals from the community colleges and high schools work together, the project will continue to benefit thousands of students in Tennessee.
FAQ's for Prospective Students and SAILS Completers
Because it will eliminate the need for you to take Learning Support/Remedial math when you enter college. SAILS will also help you finish college on time and not get behind.
SAILS is accepted in replacement of Learning Support/Remedial math classes at community colleges. Your completion will be documented in a statewide database that is accessible to all Tennessee state community colleges and universities.
Have your college representative contact the SAILS Office (615-365-1518) to verify your completion prior to enrolling in college and registering for classes. In addition, if you attend a Tennessee state college, they will have access to the statewide database to verify your completion in SAILS.
Please call the SAILS Office at 615-365-1518, so we can verify your completion in SAILS. We can share this information with a representative of your college and answer any questions they may have.
Please call the SAILS Office at 615-365-1518 and we will assist you.
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 proud to be the recipient of the Education Commission of the States’ 2018 Frank Newman Award for State Innovation. The award recognizes states for enacting innovative education reforms and programs that go beyond incremental changes to improve student outcomes on a large scale. To date, SAILS has allowed over 51,000 students to begin postsecondary without the need for learning support, starting students on a pathway to success.