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1 ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward Program IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

2 Division of Student Engagement & Postsecondary Readiness Matt McCarter Director DIVISION OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT & POSTSECONDARY READINESS IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Jennifer Caprile Coordinator ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES/GEAR UP

3 Agenda  Fast Forward Program Overview  Program requirements and parameters  Guidance / tools for implementation  Additional Advanced Opportunities  Questions / Discussion IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward

4 Rationale Earnings by Educational Attainment IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward Source: State Board of Education 2013 Fact Sheet

5 IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Idaho Go On Rates College-going rate among Idaho students within 16 months of graduating high school in 2012: 50.25% Source: State Board of Education Fast Forward

6 IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Dual Credit Research “…we found a positive relationship between dual credit participation, and both the first year persistence rate and the college graduation rate.” Source: A Study of Dual Credit Access and Effectiveness in the State of Texas, Texas A&M University Fast Forward

7 Reduce financial barriers for Idaho juniors and seniors to: Take dual credit courses Take college credit bearing exams Take professional-technical exams Thereby increasing college-going rates in Idaho. IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS The Fast Forward program supports the State Board of Education’s goal that 60 percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 34 attain a postsecondary degree or credential by The Big Idea Fast Forward

8 Fast Forward Eligible Courses / Exams Dual Credit Courses Allows high school students to simultaneously earn credit toward a high school diploma and a postsecondary degree or certificate. Taught at the high school, on college campuses or online. Credits earned become part of the student’s permanent college record. IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward

9 Fast Forward Eligible Courses / Exams Advanced Placement (AP) Exams Administered by the College Board. AP exams are typically offered at the conclusion of AP courses. Scoring well on AP exams may provide students the opportunity to earn college credits (at the discretion of Institutions of Higher Education). An institution-specific AP exam score and credit earned table can be accessed at: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/sea rch-credit-policies IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward

10 Fast Forward Eligible Courses / Exams Professional / Technical Education Allows students to simultaneously earn secondary and postsecondary technical credits. Industry certification exams, such as Certified Pharmacy Technician, Microsoft Certifications or American Welding Society provide evidence of a student’s competence in specific areas. More information can be found at: IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward

11 Fast Forward Eligible Courses / Exams International Baccalaureate (IB) Administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Offers a comprehensive liberal arts course of study for juniors and seniors. IB students take end-of-course exams that may qualify for college credit (depending upon the institution of interest). More information can be found at: IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward

12 Fast Forward Eligible Courses / Exams College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) CLEP is administered by the College Board. CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material. College credit is earned through passing CLEP exams (credit by examination) and contribute to expedited degree completion. Additional information can be found at: IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward

13 Fast Forward Program Overview  New program established by the legislature (SB 1233) for FY15.  Provides an amount of $200 for every junior, and $400 for every senior in Idaho public schools.  The funds are available for dual credit, concurrent credit and: Advanced Placement Exams (AP) College Level Examination Program (CLEP) International Baccalaureate Exams (IB) Professional Certificate Exams (PTE) IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward

14 Fast Forward Program Overview  Fast Forward is intended for those ineligible for the Dual Credit for Early Completers program.  Fast Forward may be used to pay an amount not to exceed 75% of the cost of eligible courses and examinations.  Student participation does not impact state funding distributions (ADA) for local school districts or public charter schools. IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward

15 Fast Forward Program Overview  All awards, charitable or governmental programs providing funding for dual credits are to be exhausted prior to using $200 / $400. IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward

16 Fast Forward Program Process Flow IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward Review Individual Learning Plan* Identify courses / exams aligned with plan* Complete and submit data form Enroll in course Pay student portion of cost (25%) Student does their best work Report grade and credits earned to school Repeat *Include parents and school counselor

17 Regarding Advising and Planning IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward The key to maximizing advanced opportunities involves intentional planning and a commitment to doing one’s best work. Clarity on an intended undergraduate program of study should inform dual credit / college-credit bearing exam activity. Dual credits that don’t apply to program completion may result in wasted time, effort and money (general university requirements are a good place to start). Grades earned through dual credit are reflected on secondary, and postsecondary transcripts, failing or dropping courses will impact both.

18 Resources IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS  Online course portal to search digital courses offered by Idaho schools, colleges, universities, the Idaho Digital Learning Academy and more. All courses are taught by Idaho certified teachers and meet Idaho’s academic standards.  Statewide collaborative project determine how courses / credits transfer among Idaho universities and colleges.  Microsite dedicated to Fast Forward. Fast Forward

19 Student Data Form Responsibility of student to complete and submit to their school Intended to aid the collection of data required for course / exam subsidy Submission timelines determined by school

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23 8 in 6 Program Overview  Enrolled students complete high school graduation requirements at an accelerated rate through overload / summer coursework starting as early as 7 th grade.  The SDE will reimburse 8 in 6 courses at up to $225 per course. IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS 8 in 6

24 8 in 6 Program Overview  Eligible 8 in 6 courses are: Taught by an Idaho Highly Qualified Teacher Provided by an accredited school Non-sectarian 50%+ online  For more information, visit: cedOppBrochure/ IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS 8 in 6

25 Dual Credit for Early Completers Overview  SDE provides funding for postsecondary credit attainment for students satisfying state graduation requirements early.* *Excludes 2 math credits in the final year of high school and the senior project IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Dual Credit for Early Completers

26 Dual Credit for Early Completers Overview  Students can take up to 18 credits per semester, or 12 credits per trimester term of dual credits ($75 per credit reimbursement).  Students can take up to 6 college credit-bearing advanced placement examinations per semester, or 4 per trimester ($90 per examination reimbursement). IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Dual Credit for Early Completers

27 Dual Credit for Early Completers Overview  Includes reimbursement for Advanced Placement or other college credit bearing or professional technical exams such as: Advance Placement (AP) College Level Examination Program (CLEP) International Baccalaureate Exams (IB) Professional Certificate Examinations (PTE) IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Dual Credit for Early Completers

28 State Graduation Requirements IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS 46 Minimum Credits* (17 Electives) English8 Speech1 Math6 Science6 Social Studies5 Humanities2 Health1 + Senior Project Core of Instruction

29 Leveraging Advanced Opportunities IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS 46 Minimum Credits (17 Electives) 24 Credits of Advanced Opportunities Typical semester course load- 7 credits / courses (14 per year) 8 in 6 - complete 2 HS electives in grades 7- 8 (overload / summer) 8 in 6 - complete 1 HS core and 1 elective in grade 9 8 in 6 - complete 1 HS core and 1 elective in grade 10 8 in 6 - complete 1 HS core and 1 elective in grade 11 Results in 8 open courses in grade 12 for dual credit or AP courses Typical dual credit / AP college credits offered per course = Cost of Undergrad Credit = $301.50* 24 Credits x $ = $7,236.00*

30 IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Fast Forward

31 What’s the Point? IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS English8 Speech1 Math6 Science6 Social 5 Humanities2 Health1 + Senior Project  Leverage existing resources / infrastructure Wireless environment in every high school / IEN.  Establish equal access and opportunity for every secondary student to jump start their postsecondary education regardless of geographic location.  Increase student achievement and postsecondary program completion rates in Idaho.  Long-term: increase quality of life for individuals and strengthen Idaho’s economic development.

32 Questions? Additional information about all SDE Advanced Opportunities can be found at: IDAHO STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES FOR IDAHO STUDENTS Dual Credit for Early Completers Program Jennifer Caprile Coordinator ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES/GEAR UP


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