NCES report: Students in 4 out of 5 high schools take college courses

National Center for Education StatisticsOn May 5th, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in the U.S. Department of Education announced its new report focused on secondary-postsecondary dual credit partnerships and exam-based college credit opportunities in the 2010-11 school year.  For this report, dual credit is defined as a course or program where high school students can earn both high school and postsecondary credits for the same courses; exam-based courses are Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

The report estimated an increase to 82% of all high schools in the U.S. offering college credit opportunities – most of which (77%) are offering those classes on their high school campus in a “career center.” Among high schools with students enrolled dual credit courses with an academic focus (the majority of dual credit courses offered, vs.  those with a technical/vocational focus), 93% reported that students were awarded postsecondary credit immediately upon completion of the courses (see results in the report’s Table 11 on page 16). 59% of high schools reported enrollments in both dual credit and AP or IB courses (see table 2 on page 7).Of those high schools with students enrolled in dual credit courses with an academic focus taught at the high school campus, 61% were taught solely by high school instructors. The school or district paid full or partial tuition, fees and books for about 43% of the academic-focus courses offered (table 13); and, about 45% were paid for by the students (and their parents).

A companion report on postsecondary providers of dual enrollment courses will be released in March.

The NCES report is available at http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2013/2013001.pdf

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