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ERIC Number: ED514090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 171
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 60
Fifth Annual Early College High School Initiative Evaluation Synthesis Report. Six Years and Counting: The ECHSI Matures
Berger, Andrea R.; Cole, Susan; Duffy, Helen; Edwards, Sarah; Knudson, Joel; Kurki, Anja; Golden, Laura; Lundeen, Janet; Poland, Lindsay; Rojas, Daniela; Shkolnik, Jamie; Stone, Celeste Kline; Turk-Bicakci, Lori; Yoon, Kwang Suk; Adelman, Nancy; Cassidy, Lauren; Keating, Kaeli; Nielsen, Natalie
American Institutes for Research
The Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI) launched in 2002 with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The ECHSI provides funds for the development of Early College Schools (ECSs) that serve students who traditionally are underrepresented in postsecondary education and offers them the opportunity to simultaneously pursue a high school diploma and earn college credits. The ECHSI is in its sixth year, and this is the fifth annual synthesis report for the ECHSI. This report describes some key characteristics of ECSs. A brief overview shows that although the ECHSI continued to grow in terms of the number of schools participating, the growth was slower than in prior years. This report provides overall positive findings about the academic performance and experience of students attending ECSs. The results suggest that, although ECSs are not a magic bullet, many ECS students typically underrepresented in postsecondary education are experiencing academic success. The findings are particularly promising for females and students from homes where English is not the primary language; these students reported feeling more engaged in their coursework and possessed higher GPAs in high school classes than other groups of students. However, the ECHSI partners must continue to focus on the most appropriate methods to enable all students--in particular, first-generation college-going students--to be successful as well. Appendices include: (1) ECHSI Evaluation 2007-08 Data Collection and Analyses; (2) Statistical Tables; and (3) State and Federal Policy Environment for the ECHSI. (Contains 13 figures, 49 tables, and 88 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research; SRI International