On 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