EdWeek blog, College Bound, May 8, 2015, highlights Washington State work:

Dual-Enrollment Advocates Work for Federal and State Policy Change
New from ECS
Dual enrollment: How states approach course and instructor quality
The majority of dual enrollment courses today are delivered by high school instructors on high school campuses. This makes it critical for states to ensure that course content and instructor qualifications align with those for traditional postsecondary courses.

A new ECS Policy Analysis, Dual enrollment course content and instructor quality, explores the various ways state policymakers are addressing quality in dual enrollment -- from local control to requiring national accreditation.

"State policies need to deliver the message that dual enrollment courses taken in high schools should mirror those taken on college campuses," said Jennifer Dounay Zinth, director of ECS' High School and STEM policy centers. "The end goal is to make certain that any course awarding both high school and college credit truly prepares students for those next steps in education and a future career."

In this report, you will find:
  • Reasons for the increase in delivery of dual enrollment courses at high schools, and the importance of course and instructor quality.
  • Four distinct approaches taken by states to address course and instructor quality, including a look at the potential benefits and tradeoffs of each.
  • Examples of states that have set the most rigorous standards to ensure instructor and course quality.
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Graphic Depiction of Student Pathways


Smarter Balanced and Running Start


The Washington community and technical colleges issued the following system policy statement around the Smarter Balanced assessment placement to reflect the most recent language approved by the Instruction Commission and the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges (CTC presidents' group) at their recent meetings, This revision extends the agreement to high school seniors enrolling in dual-credit options.


Washington 45

A student who completes courses selected from within the general education categories listed below at a public community, technical, four-year college or university in Washington State will be able to transfer and apply a maximum of 45 quarter credits toward general education requirement(s) at any other public and most private higher education institutions in the state. (RCW 28B.10.696)


Open Education Resources for WA 45

Free to access online, low cost to print, textbooks and course materials for courses listed in the WA 45.
(Many thanks to Boyoung Chae, SBCTC, for compiling this!)


NACEP in Statewide Policies



Rural Alliance presentation (September 29, 2014)



Dual Enrollment in Rural Areas (June 2014)

Education Commission of the States, June of 2014:

From the Education Commission of the States:

Dual Enrollment in Rural Areas

Research shows that students who participate in dual enrollment are more likely than their peers to finish high school, enter college and complete a degree. This means dual enrollment can greatly benefit students in rural areas, which report lower college-going and postsecondary attainment rates than other locales. However, rural areas face unique challenges in providing high-quality dual enrollment programs. This **report** (June 2014) discusses how states are rising to these challenges.

NACEP Accreditation in Washington State (May 2014)

11 programs received NACEP accreditation or re-accreditation across the country - 2 from Washington state!
Congratulations to U.W. Seattle and Everett Community College!
Read more...

UW in the High School and AP comparison

provided by Tim Stetter


Access and Diversity in WA Running Start Programs (May 2014)



March 2014, Career and Technical Dual Credit Programs

New from Education Commission of the States (ECS)

CTE Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for College Completion, Workforce Investment
Dual enrollment programs are expanding -- and so are dual enrollment programs with a career and technical education (CTE) focus. The most recent data available from the National Center on Education Statistics show that 82 percent of high schools had students enrolling in dual enrollment coursework in 2010-11. Research makes it clear that CTE dual enrollment courses improve outcomes for traditionally underserved students. Read the new report from ECS.

From the National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP)


The following is excerpted from a January 20, 2014 posting on the Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships Discussion List, from Adam Lowe, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP):

As many of you know, there has been growing interest in dual enrollment (and specifically the concurrent enrollment model) among the regional institutional accreditors of colleges and universities. You can watch online the remarks made by Dr. Steve Sheeleyof the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools at our national conference in Jacksonville last October.

Two recent developments you ought to be aware of:
  • The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association published its Dual Credit: Guidelines for Institutions and Peer Reviewers. The guidelines elaborate on the five areas where the commission's revised criteria (in effect as of last year) address quality assurance for dual credit.
  • The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education published a proposed new Policy on Dual Enrollment Programs to provide clarity on the Commission's expectations for these programs. In addition, NEASC's proposed policy would require all institutions offering or planning to offer concurrent enrollment courses to get the Commission's approval through a Substantive Change request. NEASC is taking comments on the draft policy through February 7 and is holding two call-in sessions to discuss the proposed policies: Tuesday, January 21 from 3-4pm and Friday, January 24 from 11am-Noon. To participate dial: 800-528-3520 and enter conference code 2374391956.

NACEP staff and volunteer leaders have been in communication with both agencies during the development of these policies, and NACEP is referenced in NEASC's proposed policy. NACEP-accredited programs that have had site-visits to high school locations from regional accreditors have reported being very prepared and positive site visitor feedback thanks to the practices in place due to adherence to NACEP standards.

In both cases the regional accreditors' policies are largely consistent with the practices and policies promoted by NACEP's national standards for concurrent enrollment partnerships. We will continue to work with the regional accreditors, as well as state agencies with concurrent enrollment oversight responsibilities to raise the quality of all concurrent enrollment partnerships.