Ohio to Consider New Provisions as Dual Credit Continues to Grow
Dual credit, the practice of taking the same course in high school for both high school and college credit, continues to grow here and across the nation.
A new study, Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S. Public High Schools: 2010-11, published by the National Center for Education Statistics last week shows that 82% of the nation's high schools now offer dual credit college courses for students. The previous national study, published in 2005, had recorded 71%.
In Stark County, 100% of all public high schools offer dual credit. From 65 students earning the equivalent of 130 three-hour college courses during the 2006-07 academic year (in addition to Canton Early College High School), 1,400 students earned the equivalent of 2,781 such courses last year.
Growth in Stark has been greatly accelerated by the Stark County Educational Service Center leading the negotiation of separate memoranda of understanding between districts and their college partners governing costs. School districts and college partners have also developed supports to guarantee student attainment.
Now Ohio will revisit the issue of dual credit. New provisions in pending HB 59 eliminate dual credit and create "College Credit Plus" and a new funding system for what was previously known as dual credit.
Next Week: Issues will feature a current Stark Education Partnership review of how states pay for dual credit