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October 8, 2010
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Exploring Explore

Dr. Adrienne O'Neill, Dr. Joe Rochford and Adele Gelb participated in the meeting, "Exploring the Explore Test," at R.G. Drage on October 5th. Mel Lioi, Assistant Superintendent, Stark County Educational Service Center, brought together Stark County school districts who will implement Explore, the 8th grade version of the ACT Test this year. Partially using a grant from OCAN, the Stark Education Partnership will fund the test.

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Explosive Growth of Dual Credit Continues Across Stark County

Nearly 1,300 Stark County students took dual credit courses at their high schools last year. Known in Stark County as high school based dual credit (HSBDC), courses were offered for the first time by all 17 public school districts.

A new report from the Stark Education Partnership, Growth and Impact: The Expansion of High School Based Dual Credit in Stark County, Ohio, notes that the financial benefit to both students and families through college credit already awarded can be as high as $5 million depending upon where students enroll in college.

HSBDC began in Stark County with a pilot program funded by the Stark Education Partnership for 65 students in 2006. HSBDC is taught exclusively on high school campuses by teachers who meet the qualifications to become college adjunct professors. HSBDC courses follow the same syllabus and are taught to the same standards as courses offered on college campuses.
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The Stark Education Partnership, Inc., is a 501(c)-3 non-profit education reform support organization in Stark County, Ohio crossing the lines of 17 public school districts. The Partnership collaborates with educators, business, community and civic leaders to create and respond to opportunities that will add substantial and measurable value to education.

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