Obama's Blueprint for Reauthorizing ESEA includes
Early College, Dual Credit, and AP Coursework
...(W)e must achieve a new
goal, that by 2020, the United States will once again lead the world in college
- President Barack Obama
On Saturday, the Obama Administration released its blueprint
for revising the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). More popularly
known in its current authorization as the No
Child Left Behind Act
suggested blueprint calls for every student to graduate from high school ready for college and a career, regardless of their income, race,
ethnic or language background, or disability status.
ESEA is up for
reauthorization in Congress this year.
the law impacts education at every level, the administration's proposal calls
for competitive grants to states, districts, and nonprofit partners to increase
access to accelerated learning opportunities for students. Included are
activities that help students prepare for, or directly provide, college-level
work including early-college or dual-enrollment (dual credit) programs and
Advanced Placement (AP) programs.
recommendation supports programs already in operation in Stark County, such as
Canton's Early College High School, dual credit which reached 2,350 enrollments
this year and over 1,600 students who take AP coursework.