Over 56,000 Florida students take a dual enrollment course each year, making it the most popular acceleration program chosen by high schoolers in the state. Given that so many students participate dual enrollment, which allows high school students to take college credit while still in school, it is important to know if the program works.

According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse, dual enrollment programs have demonstrated positive effects on college access, enrollment, and degree completion among other outcomes for high school students.

Because policymakers and other stakeholders are increasingly being held accountable to improve student outcomes, supporting college access programs based on evidence is more important than ever.  Therefore, an affirmation from the Clearinghouse, which utilizes rigorous standards for reviewing available research, is significant because it provides educators with credible and reliable evidence that can be used to make decisions.

The reports supports Florida College System data that shows students who enter college with dual enrollment finish their degree in considerably less time than students who don’t.

To see other WWC reports on interventions and methods that can help students transition to college, visit whatworks.ed.gov


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