Friday, November 18, 2011

High school acceleration programs in Florida


In recent years, there have been renewed efforts to improve the college and career readiness among students and young adults. States are adopting acceleration programs (advanced-level courses that offer credit toward both a high school diploma and a college degree) to increase students’ academic engagement, better prepare students for the demands of postsecondary education and the job market, and boost college completion rates.

This REL Southeast study
examines dual enrollment programs in Florida (collaborative programs allowing high school students to enroll in college-level courses and earn credit toward both a high school diploma and a college degree or a career preparatory certificate) and compares them with other acceleration programs offered, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE). The report describes the number and characteristics of grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in acceleration programs overall and by district during 2006/07 and it examines dual enrollment partnerships between high schools and colleges in nine sample school districts.

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