According to ESSA Statute in Section 8101, the term "dual or concurrent enrollment program" means a program offered by a partnership between at least one institution of higher education and at least one local educational agency through which a secondary student who has not graduated from high school with a regular high school diploma is able to enroll in one or more postsecondary courses and earn postsecondary credit that:

  • is tranferable to the institutions of high education in the partnership, and
  • applies toward completion of a degree or recognized educational credential as described in the Higher Education Act of 1965

ESSA Statute allows the use of Title I, Part A funds to operate dual or concurrent programs that address the needs of low-achieving secondary school students and those at risk of not meeting the challenging State academic standards. This need must be identified through the comprehensive needs assessment and articulated in the campus plan.

  • To ensure that all children receive a high quality education, and to close the achievement gap between children meeting the challenging State academic standards and those children who are not meeting such standards, each LEA plan shall describe how the LEA will implement strategies to facilitate effective transitions for students from middle grades to high school and from high school to postsecondary education including, if applicable, through increased student access to early college high school or dual or concurrent enrollment opportunities, or career counseling to identify student interests and skills - Section 1112
  • A secondary school operating a schoolwide program under this section may use funds received under this part to operate dual or concurrent enrollment programs that address the needs of low-achieving secondary school students and those at risk of not meeting the challenging State academic standards. A secondary school may use such funds for any of the costs associated with such programs, including the costs of:
    • training for teachers, and joint professional development for teachers in collaboration with career and technical educators and educators from institutions of higher education, where appropriate, for the purpose of integrating academics in such programs
    • tuition and fees, books, required instructional materials for such program, and innovative delivery methods
    • transportation to and from such programs - Section 1114
  • A secondary school operating a targeted assistance program under this section may use funds received under this part to provide dual or concurrent enrollment program services described under Section 1114 to eligible children who are identified as having the greatest need for special assistance - Section 1115

 

Resources

Issue Brief: College-Level Coursework for High School Students

Dual Enrollment Evidence

Dual Enrollment Report - Intervention Report

TEA Early College High Schools

SREB Policy Brief: Redesigning Dual Enrollment to Promote College Completion

Texas Higher Education Data: Dual Credit Outcomes Data - June 2017

Dual Credit Education in Texas Report - March 2017

 

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