This policy brief sponsored by Jobs For The Future discusses early high school graduation policies. The author examines the effects of early high school graduation policies including brief discussions on the purpose of early graduation policies, the costs and benefits of early graduation policies and designs of state policies. This piece recommends that early high school graduation policies would ideally ensure three things: 1) students graduating early will obtain the same competencies as students graduating in four years; 2) students graduating early and starting college will not need remediation; and 3) low-income and other underrepresented students are targeted with supports and incentives so they also take advantage of the policy.
Ward, D. & Vargas, J. (2011). Incentives for early graduation: How can state policies encourage students to complete high school in less than four years? Boston, MA: Jobs for the Future.