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Document Number: 6065

Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S. Public High Schools: 2002-03 - This and its companion piece Dual Enrollment of High School Students at Postsecondary Institutions: 2002-03 are the first national reports on the characteristics of dual-credit courses. The findings address the (1) prevalence of dual credit, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) course offerings in U.S. public high schools; (2) location and educational focus of dual-credit courses; (3) characteristics of courses for dual credit (course sequence, course instructors, student composition); and (4) eligibility requirements for enrolling in dual-credit courses. Statistics are disaggregated by school size, urbanicity, geographic region and percent minority enrollment. According to the report, over six in 10 schools offering dual-credit courses set eligibility requirements for students to enroll in such courses; in 42% of such schools, one requirement was teacher recommendation. (Tiffany Waits, J. Carl Setzer and Laurie Lewis, National Center for Education Statistics, April 2005)...

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