Getting Ahead With Dual Credit: Dual-Credit Participation, Outcomes, and Opportunities in Idaho


February 2017


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Advanced-opportunity programs offer a variety of ways for high school students to earn college credit,such as dual-credit classes in partnership with a local college, Advanced Placement classes, International Baccalaureate classes, and Technical Competency Credits.

Dual credit is offered in Idaho through eight public universities and two private universities. In 2014–15, 83 percent of Idaho school districts had high school students who participated in dual-credit options in partnership with these universities.

This REL Northwest report provides a portrait of dual-credit participation rates and trends between the 2011–12 and 2014–15 school years. Dual-credit participation by demographic characteristics such as race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status is explored throughout each of the five briefs contained within this report. Each report brief also includes questions to consider—which promote a deeper exploration of the data—as well as next steps that can help educators and stakeholders overcome barriers to expanding dual credit.

The five briefs address the following questions:

  • Who participated in dual-credit courses?
  • What were the characteristics of districts with students who participated in dual-credit courses?
  • In which dual-credit course competency areas were districts most likely to have participated?
  • What were the pass rates of students who participated in dual-credit courses?
  • To what degree did the state meet its goal of 30 percent of high school students participating in dual-credit courses?