A record number of high school students, 1.3 million during the 2010-2011 school year, are aiming to cut down on college costs by completing college courses while still in high school. Some of the methods students are taking to earn college credit include taking AP and college courses, receiving college credit for life experiences, completing the College-Level Examination Program, and attending early colleges during their senior year of high school. Research has also found that high school students who are exposed to college-level work have an increased likelihood of success.
Hillsboro High School has been chosen as the first school in Tennessee, and among one of 27 in the nation, to offer a career-related International Baccalaureate program. Students in the program will be able to earn an International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate (IBCC) and take IB courses with a career focus. IBCC will serve as a supplemental track to the IB Diploma Program at Hillsboro, where students are required to complete rigorous coursework, pass six subject area exams, conduct research, and engage in community service.
On August 15 the College and Career Readiness and Success Center and the American Youth Policy Forum co-hosted the webinar, “Transforming Remediation: Understanding the Research, Policy, and Practice.” The Webinar addressed barriers to the successful completion of postsecondary education, specifically the need to alter and reform remedial education practices.
Louisiana high school students who took the Advanced Placement (AP) test in 2013 earned the most college credits in the state's history. Louisiana also had the biggest increase of students taking AP tests in the nation. Governor Bobby Jindal credits these increases to a new law in the state that gives more weight for AP courses taken when determining eligibility for the state's TOPS scholarships.
This brief summarizes a study designed to assess the effectiveness of dual enrollment programs with increasing high school graduation and college achievement. Data from participating dual enrollment students in Florida and New York City and a comparison group were collected, with a specific emphasis on students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Results suggested that dual enrollment did encourage college success for students, including students in CTE programs, and particularly so for males and low-income students
This study examines if Advanced Placement (AP) programs increase a student’s probability of completing high school and enrolling in college. Student coursework and academic achievement in secondary education were analyzed, and results showed that AP program participants complete high school and begin college at a significantly higher rate than nonparticipants.
This study examines the impact of the Texas Advanced Placement Incentive Program, which pays students and teachers for passing grades on advanced placement (AP) exams. Student outcomes were compared from before and after the adoption of the program to a selection of comparison schools. Results showed that participating students had a 30 percent increase in the number if students scoring above 1100 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT, and an 8 percent increase in students enrolling in college.
This study examines the long-term impact of Advanced Placement (AP) programs on measures of student success in college. Student performance data was collected of both AP students and a non-AP comparison group from 1998-2002 through their fourth year of college. Results revealed significant evidence of benefits of students that participated in AP courses and exams in regards to credit hours earned, four-year college graduation rates, and stronger GPAs.
This brief from Achieve identifies the key areas that state policymakers should consider in order to implement the new Common Core State Standards with fidelity. The brief provides suggestions for aligning these new standards with their existing standards and course requirements, as well as aligning assessments for collecting data and measuring achievement. The brief lists steps each state can take to ensure they are implementing the standards effectively.