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ERIC Number: ED608835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
EPSO Strategic Growth Plan: Achieving Equity, Access, and Success through a Portfolio Approach to Early Postsecondary Opportunities
Tennessee Department of Education
The division of college, career and technical education (CCTE) of the Tennessee Department of Education established the office of postsecondary coordination and alignment in 2012 for the purpose of expanding and promoting early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs) for all high school students across the state. The office is also charged with collecting data and disseminating information related to these opportunities to students, parents, and educators. Over the past four years, the state has made great strides in creating and expanding early postsecondary opportunities for students and ensuring vertical alignment between secondary and postsecondary courses and programs. This report takes a comprehensive look at the successes and challenges over the past four years in order to update the strategic growth plan in alignment with our goals for postsecondary attainment as outlined in the department's strategic plan, "Tennessee Succeeds," and "Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan." In examining the available data on early postsecondary course enrollment and testing outcomes for the graduating class of 2015, the most recent cohort for which there is comprehensive data, several important trends were identified. First despite nearly universal access with 92 percent of high schools offering at least one EPSO, only 41 percent of the cohort enrolled in an early postsecondary opportunity. Second, additional drop-offs in success in both testing and credits earned are seen; however, some strong numbers in matriculation show that students who successfully earn EPSO credit in high school are highly likely to articulate that credit when they enter into postsecondary. Finally, observations also reveal large gaps between student subgroups despite increased access to EPSOs across districts. This plan explores strategies and identify key benchmarks that will focus on expanding access for all students and creating equitable access and success across student subgroups.
Tennessee Department of Education. Andrew Johnson Tower 6th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243-0375. Tel: 615-741-2731; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; High Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Every Student Succeeds Act 2015
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: College Level Examination Program
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A