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Thursday July 28, 2016
Originally posted on The Intersection, The Hunt Institute Blog, on April 12, 2016. Most high school graduates (66 percent) go to college right after high school. But for all the efforts schools are making nationally to improve the college readiness of their graduates—tougher state standards, curricula, and assessments—many young people still struggle once they start college. Just over half of students entering two-year colleges, and one in five entering four-year colleges, start in remedial courses. The figures are even higher for low-income students. Of these, too few finish the remedial...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Monday June 27, 2016
Rethinking 12th Grade
Orginally posted on Impatient Optimists, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation blog. Millions of high school seniors across the country are graduating this spring and celebrating their accomplishments and the beginning of the rest of their lives. Most—about 68 percent—will enter college immediately in the fall. That’s important, though the number should be even higher, because they are entering a world where most people need a postsecondary credential in order to find a decent job that pays enough to support themselves and their families. The problem is that, while some of that 68 percent...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Tuesday May 17, 2016
Paying for college just got easier, with the Obama Administration’s announcement of the 44 institutions chosen to participate in the Experimental Sites Initiative that will allow high school students to use federal Pell grants to pay for credit-bearing college courses. Currently, Pell grants—the most important source of federal financial aid for low-income students aspiring to a college education—are not available to high school students. This $20 million initiative will expand access to college courses for over 10,000 students at 44 colleges in 23 states.  This initiative will help support...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment, Federal K-12 Policy, Federal Higher Education Policy
Thursday March 24, 2016
By Mamadou Ndiaye and Rebecca E. Wolfe, for Phi Delta Kappan Science teacher Cierra Swopes has a unique perspective on taking college courses while still in high school. In 2008, she was in the second graduating class of Dayton Early College Academy (DECA). Six years later, Swopes got the job of her dreams: teaching chemistry at this nontraditional charter high school in Dayton, Ohio. “As an early college student, I was privileged enough to graduate from high school with an associate degree,” said Swopes, who started taking college courses at Sinclair Community College during her freshman...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment
Wednesday March 23, 2016
Lexi Barrett is JFF's new director of national education policy. Over the last few months, the Early College High School design earned remarkable recognition and support from leaders in Congress and the U.S. Department of Education (ED). ED’s experimental sites authority and the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) opened new federal funding sources to support school districts looking to implement Early College Designs. In October 2015, ED launched an experiment to expand access to college coursework for high school students from low-income backgrounds. Through this pilot program...
Tags: Early College, Dual Enrollment