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#FactFriday: Early College High School students are significantly more likely to ENROLL in and COMPLETE college.


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A recent study by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) finds that the positive impacts for students participating in Early College High Schools (ECHS) continue years after students complete high school. Early College High Schools are already known to increase college readiness and success for a wide range of students, particularly those traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

Among the findings in AIR’s study, ECHS students were significantly more likely to earn a postsecondary degree within six years of graduating high school compared to non-ECHS students with similar background characteristics. The ECHS students were nearly three times as likely to earn an associate degree or certificate and significantly more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree.

As states work toward meeting their postsecondary attainment goals, many are focused on increasing access, quality and equity of college in high school opportunities that help students get a jump-start on a degree or credential. Similar opportunities include AP, IB, Cambridge, dual/concurrent enrollment and CLEP. States will want to consider the positive impacts of ECHS as they develop and promote opportunities that support all students.

Unlocking Potential: A State Policy Roadmap for Equity and Quality in College in High School Programs, a new resource from the Level Up Coalition and the College in High School Alliance, offers thoughtful recommendations and considerations for states looking to expand equitable access to college in high school programs.

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