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ERIC Number: ED539697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 59
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S. Public High Schools: 2010-11. First Look. NCES 2013-001
Thomas, Nina; Marken, Stephanie; Gray, Lucinda; Lewis, Laurie
National Center for Education Statistics
This report provides nationally representative data on the prevalence and characteristics of dual credit and exam-based courses in public high schools. For this survey, dual credit is defined as a course or program where high school students can earn both high school and postsecondary credits for the same courses; exam-based courses are Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) previously collected data on dual credit and exam-based courses for the 2002-03 school year from high schools (Waits, Setzer, and Lewis 2005; Kleiner and Lewis 2005). To gather current data on dual credit and dual enrollment, NCES fielded an updated survey of public high schools on dual credit and a complementary survey of postsecondary institutions on dual enrollment. The study presented in this report collected information from public high schools with grade 11 or 12 about dual credit and exam-based courses for high school students in the 2010-11 school year. NCES, in the Institute of Education Sciences, conducted this survey in fall 2011 using the Fast Response Survey System (FRSS). FRSS is a survey system designed to collect small amounts of issue-oriented data from a nationally representative sample of districts, schools, or teachers with minimal burden on respondents and within a relatively short period of time. The survey was mailed to approximately 1,500 public high schools with grade 11 or 12 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The unweighted survey response rate was 91 percent and the weighted response rate using the initial base weights was also 91 percent. The survey weights were adjusted for questionnaire nonresponse and the data were then weighted to yield national estimates that represent all eligible public high schools in the United States. Because the purpose of this report is to introduce new NCES data from the survey through the presentation of tables containing descriptive information, only selected national findings are presented. These findings have been chosen to demonstrate the range of information available from the FRSS study rather than to discuss all of the data collected; they are not meant to emphasize any particular issue. Readers are cautioned not to make causal inferences about the data presented here. The findings are based on self-reported data from public high schools. Appended are: (1) Standard Error Tables; (2) Technical Notes; and (3) Questionnaire. (Contains 31 tables and 10 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED); Westat, Inc.
IES Funded: Yes