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1 Who Enrolls in Dual Enrollment and Other Acceleration Programs in Florida High Schools? Angela Estacion

2 REL-SE Issues and Answers Report Estacion, A., Cotner, B.A., D Souza, S., Smith, C.A.S., and Borman, K.M. (2011). Who enrolls in dual enrollment and other acceleration programs in Florida high schools? (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2012 No. 119). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast. Retrieved from

3 Dual Enrollment Overview National context Emphasis on college and career readiness Acceleration mechanisms AP, IB, AICE Dual enrollment Dual enrollment research

4 Dual Enrollment in Florida History Policies F.S requires articulation agreement Acceleration program funding Changes in grading formula Availability of dual enrollment in Florida

5 Current Study Quantitative Statewide participation data from 2006/07 FLDOE s PK 20 Education Data Warehouse (EDW) Qualitative Sample of 9 district/college partnerships, 2009/10 Interviews with 18 informants (9 district and 9 college administrators) across 9 partnerships Document reviews of articulation agreements

6 Quantitative Research Questions What was enrollment in dual enrollment programs in 2006/07? How did grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in dual enrollment programs in 2006/07 compare with students enrolled in AP/IB/AICE? How was participation in dual enrollment distributed across the state in 2006/07?

7 Quantitative Component: Data Source and Key Variable Data Sources 2006/07 statewide data from FLDOE s Data Warehouse (EDW) Dual enrollment courses identified as academic or career dual enrollment by the PK12, CC, or SUS Key variable Dual enrollment participation among students in grades 11 and 12

8 Dual Enrollment Participation, 2006/07 Among 353,950 students in 11 th and 12 th grade, 7.3 percent dual enrollees DE student characteristics vs. overall population of 11 th and 12 th graders More likely Female (62% vs. 51%) and White (72% vs. 51%) Less likely FRPL (16% vs. 31 %) and ELL (0.4 % vs. 4.6%)

9 Dual Enrollment vs. Other Acceleration Mechanisms, 2006/07 Among 98,395 students in any acceleration course 16 % in dual enrollment only 74 % in AP/IB/AICE only 11 % in both DE student characteristics vs. other acceleration Less likely Hispanic (9% vs. 23%) Less likely FRPL (17% vs. 19%) Less likely special education (11% vs. 17%)

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11 Qualitative Research Questions What factors contributed to the establishment of dual enrollment articulation agreements in nine sample districts What challenges did the districts encounter? How did the nine districts and their college partners inform high school students of dual enrollment options?

12 Qualitative Component: Sample and Data Sources Stratified random sample of nine districts 3 low, 3 medium, and 3 high levels of dual enrollment participation Confidential interviews with 18 informants (9 school district administrators and 9 college partners)

13 Characteristics of Nine Sample Districts District Locale High School Enrollment *FRPL 1=Low/4=High Low DE Suburb, mid-size 10,000 20,000 2 Low DE Town, remote <1,000 4 Low DE Rural, fringe 1,000 5,000 3 Medium DE Town, distant 1,000 5,000 2 Medium DE City, large >20,000 1 Medium DE Town, distant 1,000 5,000 4 High DE Rural, distant 1,000 5,000 3 High DE Rural, fringe <1,000 3 High DE City, small 5,000 10,000 2 *FRPL=Eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch. FRPL Quartiles: 1=0 28.2%; 2= %; 3= %; 4=>46.1%

14 Factors Contributing to Establishment of Articulation Agreements Contributing Factor # Informants (n=18) # Partnerships (n=9) Florida Statute section Designated service area 8 7 *Geographic proximity 4 4 *Florida Statute section *Factors reported by School District informants only

15 Challenges Reported by District Locale and DE Participation Level Challenge # Partnerships (n=9) Administrative challenges Qualified high school teachers 4 4 Rural/ Town Locale City/ Suburb Locale Low/Medium/ High DE Participation Low/Medium/ High Low/Medium Geographic proximity 3 Low Required grade point average 2 Medium/High Communication with parents 2 Low/High Communication with school personnel 1 Low

16 Approaches to Inform Students of DE Approach # Partnerships (n=9) Printed materials 9 High school guidance counselors 9 College recruiter sent to high schools 9 Group or individual meetings 8 Media 7 Word of mouth 4 College Placement Test 3

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