Publisher(s): Jobs for the Future
Author(s): Vargas, Joel; Jason Quiara
Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
View Report (24 pages; 528KB; PDF)
Area of focus: Preparation for College
This brief explores the ways that North Carolina has supported educational innovation to raise high school graduation and college-readiness rates. It focuses on leaders of early college schools, featuring their thoughts and ideas on state policies that have shaped their success.
Key Findings and/or Recommendations
=Leaders most often cited support from state leaders as the impetus for change and innovation.
=Unobtrusive or helpful state policies (e.g. policies favorable to college-course taking by high school students) play an integral role in supporting the early college design and overall innovation.
=”Flexibility for accountability,” the idea that early colleges are given flexibility as long as they deliver results, is an important step toward successful programs.
=Small schools with personalized support are key to the success of early college, as well as the improvement of high school graduation rates.
Geographic Focus: North Carolina
Subjects/Keywords: State policy; early college; innovation; flexibility; accountability; at risk students; low income students
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