Evidence-Based Practices Supporting College and Career Readiness in High School: Early College High School

ESSA gives states increased flexibility to develop strategies that support school improvement, and it emphasizes the importance of implementing evidenced-based strategies to support low-performing schools. One challenge that states face is identifying and selecting evidence-based practices for low-performing high schools.  The College and Career Readiness and Success Center’s Evidenced-Based Practices series highlights research-based practices that promote college and career readiness in snapshot, user-friendly briefs.

This brief focuses on early college high schools which are partnerships between secondary and postsecondary institutions and businesses that allow students to earn both a high-school diploma and an associate’s degree or postsecondary credit towards a bachelor’s degree. This evidence-based practice provides a learning environment that enhances students’ education experience and improves student outcomes in high school and postsecondary education.


Academic Supports
Early College/Middle College
Policy: District
Policy: State
School Improvement
Student Engagement
Transition: High School to College