Taking College Courses in High School: A Strategy for College ReadinessBen Struhl and Joel Vargas, October 2012
A growing body of research suggests that allowing students in high school to complete even a single college class could significantly increase their chances of attending college and eventually graduating. After studying tens of thousands of Texas students who completed college courses in high school, this report found that these students attended and completed college within the state at much higher rates than students with similar backgrounds who did not take college courses in high school.
States and school districts have been searching for ways to raise rates of college readiness and success among students, and particularly among groups that are underrepresented in college. Providing students with the opportunity to take college courses in high school, known as dual enrollment, is one promising strategy.
The theory behind dual enrollment is that enabling high school students to experience real college coursework is one of the best ways to prepare them for college success.