State shows dual-enrollment growth
Almost 30 percent of the state’s 11th- and 12th-graders are involved in some form of dual-enrollment program during the 2014-15 school year, according to a concurrent-enrollment report released today, according to Colorado’s departments of education and higher education.
Dual and concurrent enrollment are terms used interchangeably and refers to college courses students take while in high school, and the most recent data represents an increase of 15 percent over the prior year. In 2009, Colorado passed legislation for concurrent programs that provided a framework for school districts to make agreements with institutions of higher ed in Colorado, allowing students to enroll in college courses tuition free.
“With more and more students taking and passing dual-enrollment programs, we continue to see the huge benefit these programs offer,” Beth Bean, the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s chief research officer, said in a news release. “Our participating colleges and universities continue to see that students participating in these programs are more likely to enroll and progress through college.”
Research does show that students in dual-enrollment programs are more likely to enroll in college than their peers, and are less likely to need remedial education once in college. Colorado is presently using these dual and concurrent enrollment programs as a strategy to cultivate seamless pathways from preschool through postsecondary education and then into workforce involvement, and aims to incorporate it to boost college completion and decrease high school dropout rates.
“As college tuition costs continue to increase, dual-enrollment programs are becoming life-changing assets for Colorado’s students,” Richard Crandall, the state’s education commissioner, said in the release. “These programs are increasing in popularity because they help students get college-level experience and college credit, starting them on a smooth path for success after high school.”
For more information on the Colorado Department of Educations annual concurrent enrollment report, visit the CDE’s website at: www.cde.state.co.us.
Upper Blue game arcade day
Members of the public are invited to attend Upper Blue Elementary’s third-grade arcade game event on Tuesday morning, May 10, from 8-9:30 a.m.
Students in Jeri Chapin and Julia Gregory’s class were required to build a cardboard arcade as the culmination of an economics unit. These third-graders learned about supply and demand, costs and benefits of borrowing, and how to appropriately set financial goals during the process of creating imaginative games out of recycled materials.
The arcade is open to families and other members of the public , and students will be charging them to play the games as part of meeting these financial goals. To see young minds developing and generating original ideas, stop on by.
Compiled by Kevin Fixler
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