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"The Implementation of Dual-Credit Programs in Six Nonurban Kentucky School Districts"

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High school students taking college courses in rural areas can face fewer options and higher cost, finds a new report by the Regional Educational Laboratory Appalachia.

Many rural dual-enrollment programs lack enough high school teachers who have the proper credentials to teach dual-credit courses. That leaves students with a slim list of courses.

The report found several ways rural districts improve their dual-credit programs. They might offer scholarships or other incentives to students and to teachers to gain credentials; partner with online schools; or regularly review the quality of the courses available. They also ask students to take college-entrance tests like the SAT or ACT in 9th or 10th grade, so teachers can correct weaknesses in students' college readiness.

Vol. 35, Issue 37, Pages 4-5

Published in Print: August 3, 2016, as Rural Education
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