Early College High School – A Successful Intervention

Data in the recent annual update to Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic, illustrates progress and improvements in education. The number of dropout factories decreased by 112 between 2008 and 2009, the most recent year for which we have data. However, that leaves 1,634 schools still being labeled as dropout factories, defined as high schools who graduate 60% or less of their students.

The report outlines the Civic Marshall Plan, which is aimed to “end the dropout epidemic and establishes concrete goals and benchmarks for measuring progress along the way.” One intervention included in the Civic Marshall Plan is to “develop new education options for students and communities based on needs and interests.” One of those options, and one we’ve seen make a difference, is dual enrollment.

Building a Grad Nation calls out Canton Early College High School, a KnowledgeWorks early college high school, for its successful implementation of the as a successful implementation of the early college high school model. At Canton Early College High School, more than 50% of graduates in the first two graduating classes also earned associate degrees.

Several weeks ago we celebrated Early College High School Week, a time to recognize the opportunities and success made available to high school students through dual enrollment. Early college high schools work. KnowledgeWorks with some of Ohio’s most challenged urban school districts:

  • 100% of the early college high schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress.
  • 80% of Ohio’s early college high schools attained “Excellent” ratings in the state’s accountability system.
  • An average of 91% of Ohio’s early college high school students are graduating from high school—more than six percentage points above the state average.
  • All Ohio early college high school students earn a range of college credits, with greater than one in three early college high school students graduate high school with both a high school diploma and two years of college credit (60 hours) or an associate’s degree.
  • More than 98% of early college high school 10th graders passed the reading portion of the 2009 Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). More than 90% of early college high school 10th graders scored proficient or higher on the OGT assessments in reading, writing, mathematics and social studies, outperforming the State in each of these categories.

Kate Westrich

Written by: Kate Westrich

Kate Westrich manages digital marketing for KnowledgeWorks, tweeting for @KnowledgeWorks and @EdPersonalized, and posting at KnowledgeWorks' Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest pages.

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