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ERIC Number: ED523098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Designing STEM Pathways through Early College: Ohio's Metro Early College High School
North, Charlotte
Jobs for the Future
Calls for improved outcomes in U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education are frequent and insistent. In 2009, the Commission on Mathematics and Science Education, convened by the Institute for Advanced Study and Carnegie Corporation of New York, concluded that: "Knowledge and skills from science, technology, engineering and mathematics--the so-called STEM fields--are crucial to virtually every endeavor of individual and community life. All young Americans should be educated to be "STEM-capable," no matter where they live, what educational path they pursue, or in which field they choose to work." Implicit in this conclusion is the pressing need to dramatically reduce and eventually eliminate the enormous achievement gaps in high school completion, college preparedness, and completion of STEM degrees between, on the one hand, white and Asian students and children from relatively prosperous families and, on the other hand, black, Hispanic, and Native-American students and children from poorer families. Among the models illuminating the way forward are STEM-themed schools built on Early College Designs. These early colleges are a compelling illustration of how school can be done differently--and how high levels of math and science achievement can be realized by a broad spectrum of students. Now in its ninth year, the "Early College High School Initiative" has grown into a network of 230 schools committed to providing access to advanced learning in high school. Early colleges provide students with opportunities to earn college credit at a partner college at the same time as they meet local and state requirements for high school graduation. This paper profiles a STEM-focused early college high school, Metro Early College High School in Columbus, Ohio. (Contains 22 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future
Identifiers - Location: Ohio