Document Number: 10312Evaluation of the Early College High School Initiative - This is a series of reports evaluating the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI), which funds the development of Early College Schools (ECSs) allows students to simultaneously pursue a high school diploma and earn college credits. Since 2002, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation has funded this initiative designed to improve the college readiness and college completion rates of students underrepresented in postsecondary education.
Some of the major findings in these reports include:
(1) ECSs do serve the intended target population, usually enrolling higher percentages of underrepresented students than would be expected given their surrounding districts.
(2) ECSs have higher proficiency rates, on average, on state standardized assessments and higher estimated on-time graduation rates than their surrounding districts.
(3) Students earned an average of 23 college credits by the time they graduated from an ECS.
(4) In the fall after graduation, 88 percent of graduates enrolled in college.
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