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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 and English courses, 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.

SAILS English: Students must score either a 17 or less on the English component of the ACT or an 18 or less on the reading component of the ACT.

Advantages to Students

Students who complete the SAILS course:

  • Earn their high school math or English credit
  • Eliminate the need for developmental courses in college
  • Can enter college-level math or English without having to retake the ACT or Compass 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

SAILS Contact Information

Phone: 615-365-1518


Twitter: @SAILSTennessee

Statewide Impact

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.

SAILS Success

Since SAILS was implemented in 2012, there has been a 15.6% decrease in the number of students that enter community college in need of math remediation in the state of Tennessee.

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. The SAILS English Pilot launched the fall of 2015 in 5 high schools in the Chattanooga State region. There were 102 students who completed the program (out of 104), making the completion rate an impressive 98% for the year.

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%. SAILS English continued its second year as a pilot in 18 high schools, serving over 300 students. The year ended with a 95% passing rate, exceeding expectations once again.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, SAILS Math is expected to serve over 15,000 students in 280 high schools. The program is currently in 92/95 counties across the state. SAILS English plans to serve 19 high schools and serve up to 600 students in the Chattanooga State and Roane State regions.

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