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1 Office of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment Division of Career and Technical Education TICUA Drive to 55 Meeting November 7, 2013

2 Who Is OPCA? Office of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment – –An office in the CTE Division of the Department of Education – –Designed to expand and promote early postsecondary credit opportunities for all high school students (in general education and CTE content areas) –Works closely with representatives from higher education (UT, TBR, THEC, TICUA) to support successful transitions from high school to postsecondary

3 Office of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment Core Beliefs All students should have an opportunity to earn postsecondary credit while in high school. Early postsecondary offerings must be relevant and rigorous. Students who demonstrate mastery of postsecondary curricula should be awarded college credit. All stakeholders must collaborate to ensure smooth student transitions from secondary to postsecondary. Students, parents, counselors, and educators need comprehensive information outlining early postsecondary offerings. 3

4 What Are EPSOs? Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPSOs) allow students to earn college-level credits in high school. Common types of EPSOs are: – –Dual Enrollment (DE) – –Dual Credit (DC) – –Advanced Placement (AP) – –International Baccalaureate (IB) – –College Level Examination Program (CLEP) – –Articulated Credits

5 Why Should EPSOs Be Offered? By 2020, nearly two out of every three U.S. jobs will require some postsecondary education and training. Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce, CTE: Five Ways That Pay

6 The Future Of The U.S. Workforce – –In million job openings go unfilled because companies cannot find qualified candidates – –By 2014 Need to fill new jobs and replace retirees Require high skills - 33% Require middle skills – 45% Require low skills – 22% – –By 2018 Labor market demand projected to increase by 10% Expected addition of 15.3 million jobs 6 Source: Sept Achieve, Middle Skills Jobs and the Growing Importance of Postsecondary Education

7 Different Types of Dual Credit 7 LOCALSTATEWIDE Agreement between one postsecondary and LEA (typically) Agreement between all TN public postsecondary and high schools Earned college credit only valid at institution stated in agreement College credit transfers to all TN public postsecondary institutions College records student assessment outcome until student enrolls at postsecondary institution State repository maintains student assessment results until postsecondary accesses student record of EPSOs

8 State Approved Dual Credit Courses College Algebra/Advanced Algebra Trigonometry (3124) Introduction to Agriculture Business/Agricultural Business Finance (5943) Introduction to Plant Science (Ornamental Horticulture)/Greenhouse Management (5954) 8

9 What is P.C. 967? – –A legislative response to the needs of the Tennessee workforce – –A call for collaboration between education organizations – –An initiative to increase early postsecondary opportunities and participation 9

10 Statewide Dual Credit Pilot Art Appreciation Health Informatics Introduction to Criminal Justice Introduction to Sociology Pre-Calculus World History 10

11 Logistics of the Dual Credit Pilots 11 MOU and LCN will register students All students enrolled sit for exam Fall webinar-testing guidelines

12 Office of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment 12 Questions? Patrice Watson, Program Manager Office of Postsecondary Coordination and Alignment Division of Career & Technical Education (615)


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