Rural students are less likely to enroll in college than their urban peers.[i] But new college credit programs have given rural students a convenient alternative path to post-secondary education. Concurrent enrollment programs – high schools offering college coursework – can benefit rural students, given that participation in concurrent enrollment programs increases the likelihood of not only college enrollment, but college completion.
No matter what side you’re on in the battle over standards, testing, school choice, or teacher tenure, everybody agrees that kids must leave high school ready for college and careers. State leaders are giving this commitment a lot of thought and are working to define what “college and career ready” means for their students.
Last week, the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) and NOCTI co-hosted a webinar, “Badging 101: The What, The Why & The How.” This webinar examined the concept of open badges and their potential in demonstrating – and validating – students’ skills, knowledge, and competencies. The presentation focused on the basics of badging and potential uses at the national, state, and local level.
What is an effective way for schools to assess students in competency based education (CBE) that is effective and equitable? This question was explored in the third installment of a three-part webinar series hosted by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) and the Council of Chief State School Officials (CCSSO) that took place on April 10, 2014 entitled “How Competency Based Education is Transforming Assessment and Accountability Systems in Schools.”
This report highlights how the Pennsylvania Department of Education created the Student Interpersonal Skills Standards to help students develop the social and emotional skills they need to be successful at school, home, and college and in their future careers. These standards are written to apply to all grade levels and content areas. The standards are not intended to provide the foundation for a free-standing curriculum, but are to be used by districts as they develop curricula in other content areas.
This brief summary on early college high schools contains an infographic which depicts the benefits of attending an early college high school as compared to a traditional high school. These benefits include higher graduation rates, rates of postsecondary enrollment, degree attainment, and money saved on postsecondary costs.
Using data from the University of Missouri, the researchers of this study investigate whether students who enter college with dual-enrollment credit and/or advanced placement (AP) credit achieve higher first-year grade point averages (GPAs) and demonstrate higher rates of retention; and, if so, whether those effects differ by the type of dual credit courses taken.