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ERIC Number: EJ943720
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Hidalgo Sets Sail: A School District Supports All Students in Earning College Credits
Nodine, Thad R.
American Educator, v35 n3 p21-27, 40 Fall 2011
In 2005, the Hidalgo Independent School District made an ambitious commitment. In partnership with nearby University of Texas-Pan American, the University of Texas System, the Communities Foundation of Texas/Texas High School Project, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the district promised that all of its students, not just a select group, would earn college credits before graduating from high school. This commitment by a small district in South Texas could be seen as part of a nationwide pattern: many districts are engaged in high school reform efforts to improve the college readiness of students. Many are also actively supporting dual enrollment in college classes for motivated students. But Hidalgo appears to be the first comprehensive public school district in the United States to expect all students to earn college credits--including credits in career-focused college programs--while in high school. The demographics of Hidalgo's student body--99 percent Hispanic, 89 percent economically disadvantaged, and 53 percent English language learner--make this commitment even more remarkable. The story of how this district took up the mantle of providing college credits for all its students--and how students and families responded--says a lot about the priorities of "this little treasure on the border," as the district has become known. (Contains 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas; United States