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Dual Enrollment - New Education Commission of States (ECS) Database

01/06/2014 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide, Transition to College

Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to take college courses while still attending high school so they earn college and high school credit at the same time.

Benefits of participating in a dual enrollment program include:

  • Exposure to college expectations
  • An opportunity to earn college credit 
  • A potential increase in the number of traditionally underrepresented students who go to college

With the increase in popularity of these programs, 47 states and the District of Columbia now have state laws governing dual enrollment and the number of states requiring students and their families to pay the cost of dual enrollment is dropping. 

On December 16, 2013, the Education Commission of States (ECS) launched a 50 state database providing a state-by-state breakdown on 20 points regarding dual enrollment as well as comprehensive state profiles.

Find more quick facts on dual enrollment, including a list of items for parents and students to check against their state’s policies, in the™ Library High School section.

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