Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December Board of Ed: early college

Chester: Board meets with Higher Ed Board in January
Parthanon group did evaluation
memo is here, but there's a PowerPoint which wasn't handed out

45% of students graduate high school and don't need remediation in college
does this include those who go to college outside of Massachusetts and outside of public higher ed? Last time we saw this stat, it didn't
percentages of students who access and complete higher ed (lower for lower income)
"aligns to state goals"
growing presence across country: Texas and North Carolina have a long history of these schools
how successful are these programs?
"could see an improvement in every step of the way" when compared with their cohort of those not in such schools
Moriarty asks for link to original study
would help to create a state-defined early college designation
additional funding
but funding "should be linked to performance and to measuring outcomes"
proposal of $700 to $900 per pupil
up to 4000 students per high school grade cohort or 16,000 students across high school
"can become a substantial part of meeting statewide goals"
higher ed wants 10,000 additional more higher ed completions
"a lot happening on the ground now"
efforts are statewide and are a range of efforts
model needs to be free to the student with no regard to past performance
need to have multiple on ramps: models that go all the way back to seventh grade, some later on
"student has opportunity to progress on a true pathway"
different forms of support: not just academic supports, but social and emotional, financial literacy, and so forth
"how might the field participate?"
already twenty programs, interested in growing
invite existing schools to redesign
"prerequisite is to agree with the design principals"
Stewart: do we have any data about students coming back from military?
doesn't look like it
any data on what happens to low income kids upon completion of college?
Chester: generally true, but don't have Massachusetts data
Noyce: most early college programs want kids to take course at the college; put a geographic limit on where these could be
did the group look at other models?
yes, at least two other models out there; college faculty teaching on college campus
high school teachers credentialed to teach college level courses
questions here around levels of success of various programs (important, as there's some mixed impressions of these programs on college campuses)
oldest program is in Marlborough, which is on high school campus, have seem "some pretty significant outcomes"
Gateway programs are on college campuses
Morton: greater success for those who are struggling in school or others?
answer is that they don't have it disaggregated: great range of students served
Moore: reimbursement to student who might have to travel to campus
segue to costs, which include transportation "meant to be free to students"
Moore: would it extend their school day?
academic work itself should be done in regular school day; outside supports may need to be done outside of day
McKenna: interested in early childhood (?)
"overage, undercredited students" in Gateway program
districts were then paying community college for students who were then going to school at the community college
"and I've also heard some not-so-good stories about the on high school" campus schools
"I do think we have to do things differently here"
most are on a scale of 20 to 30 students "we believe you need to get to a scale of 200 to 300 students"
then can think differently about staff and supports
"does require an incremental investment"
"large benefits to be gained here"
Chester: recap next month with Higher Ed board, endorse moving ahead, securing support, creating an application process

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