600,000 Students Pursuing Dual Credit CTE
March 20, 2013
By: Ann Ultsch
Recently, the National Center for Education Statistics released findings from a study on dual enrollment in public high schools. The study, Dual Credit and Exam-Based Courses in U.S. Public High Schools: 2010-11, looked at a myriad of different criteria, including:
- Whether the high school reported any established requirements that students must meet in order to enroll in dual credit courses, and if so, the types of requirements
- Whether students at the high school level earned certificates, associate's degrees or bachelor's degrees from a postsecondary institution during the school year by taking dual credit courses
- Whether students were awarded postsecondary credit immediately upon completion of courses, or whether students were offered "credit in escrow," in which they must enroll in a specific postsecondary institution after high school graduation in order to receive credit
The study found that:
- High schools reported approximately 2 million enrollments in dual credit courses and about 3.5 million enrollments in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses in 2010-2011
- About half of all high schools reported that students took dual credit courses with a CTE focus
- High schools reported 601,500 enrollments for dual credit courses with a CTE focus
- About one third of all high schools stated that students took dual credit CTE courses on site at their secondary school
- 93 percent of schools with enrollments in CTE dual credit courses stated that students were awarded postsecondary credit immediately upon completion of courses
As you know, dual credit opportunities are just one way that CTE fosters student engagement and achievement!
Ann Ultsch is an intern with the ACTE Public Policy Department and a student at Wittenberg University in Ohio studying political science and English.
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Administration’s Budget Proposal Restores Sequester Cut to CTE Funding but Still Falls Short of Need
Earlier today, the Obama Administration released its budget proposal
for FY 2014. This document, normally released in February but delayed
due to the other fiscal issues in play this spring, outlines the
Administration's spending priorities for the coming year.
Duncan Talks 2014 Budget on Capitol Hill
Following the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year
(FY) 2014 budget request on Wednesday, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
appeared before the House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
Appropriations Subcommittee to defend the Administration’s plan for funding
education in the coming fiscal year.
In the budget proposal, the Administration suggests
funding Perkins at 1.1 billion, equal to FY 2012 levels, before sequestration.
Additionally, the budget proposes a $10 million increase for the National
Programs line item which is designated for a new dual enrollment program
focused on career preparation.
Despite requests for an overall increase in education
funding, the Administration's budget does not prioritize additional investments
to meet the growing needs in CTE. During the hearing on Thursday, both
Republican and Democratic members of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations
subcommittee expressed apprehensions about the Administration’s strong focus on
increasing funding for competitive grant programs. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT),
ranking-member of the subcommittee, talked about her concern for formula-funded
education programs, like Perkins, which largely did not receive increases in
funding. “The emphasis on competitive funding I find troubling,” said DeLauro.
“What is need is steady secure funding for all of our schools to move toward
improvement.” Federal investments in education must be directed to those areas
with a proven track record of success that provide all students with equal
access and opportunity.
Members of the subcommittee will now begin to draft an
appropriations bill that will fund Perkins in FY 2014. Let Congress know that
it is time to make investing in Perkins a