Jim Arey, president of the District 214 Education Association in Arlington Heights, IL has worked tirelessly with his staff to gain insight into the speedy implementation of a joint effort between Harper College and the administration of Township High School District 214, as well as other nearby districts, in which dual credit will be awarded for high school courses at both the high school and college levels. Questions continue to accumulate, yet answers are not forthcoming.
Continued evaluation of this partnership by the D214 EA includes the following points:
- Prepare student for college
- Graduate college in timely manner
- Offer more challenging courses at the high school level
- Increase motivation and engagement
- Experience higher expectations
- Increase comfort and reduce intimidation
- Increase student graduation rates
- Increase 4-year institution enrollment
- Increase 4-year full-time status
- Helps low-achieving students meet high academic standards
- Perform better in college than those with no history of DE course-taking
- Reduce remediation needs
- Potential cost savings ranging from $5,000 to $24,000
- Trend, “everyone is doing it”
- Keep up with private school competition
- Lack of understanding of content standards HS students need to pass PARCC assessment (juniors)/lack of professional development for CCSS and PARCC
- Senior electives by-passed in favor of DE courses
- Faculty not offered an opportunity to participate in the planning of the program
- Classes not conducted at the college campus
- Costs associated with the DE credit (i.e., transportation, books, tuition)
- By-passing the D214 Course Approval process
- Distracts from the high school experience
- Lack of research on the quality and rigor of the DE courses
- College oversight of the HS teacher
- College oversight of the syllabus
- Textbook decisions out of the control of the HS teacher
- Potential conflict with AP student
- Increased work-load for the HS teacher
- Different support strategies (instructionally) for teacher working with HS student now taking college-level courses
- Increased demand for Type 73 professionals to provide support (student, parents)
- Continued and heightened anxiety of HS teachers/additional certification
- How will increased college credits impact scholarship awards?
- What is the impact on entering college with 15 credits (housing, level status)?
- What is the purpose of the high school experience?
- Who will incur the costs of DE?
- What will be the level of support after high school (finance costs, support, level placement now that student passed pre-requisite)?
- What will be the level of support at the high school level (college courses require fewer tests or assignments, fewer chances to improve final results- who will support)?
- Why not take the DE and guarantee college credit, rather than passing a test with 3+)?
- What is more beneficial (financially, work load, college credits, difficulty of courses), DE or AP?
- What will be offered from a professional development standpoint?
- What is the impact on the Danielson evaluation?
- Who will teach the student to seek assistance or advocate for themselves in the event of academic struggles?
- Will counselors be able to provide counseling?
- Who will provide tutoring for the struggling student?
- Will courses cover the standards students need to master high-stakes testing?
- What is the goal/purpose of DE?
- What are the policies and procedures that guide DE?
- Who will be the liaison at D214 at Harper
– Financial responsibilities of the District?
– Financial responsibilities of the student?
– Ensuring students will be able to enroll in college courses?
– Ensure opportunities are available to all students?
– What courses will be offered?
– How will they be offered?
– Who will teach?
– Who will provide support while in classes? At campus?
– Who will serve as conduit between the school and college faculty?
– Who will schedule students’ college classes?
- Will student travel to Harper College?
- Will student travel to other schools in the district?
- What will be the average work-load for a teacher responsible for DE credit?
- What will be the formula split (ADA/FTE)?
- What budgetary decisions will be made to ensure program success? What will be given up to accommodate this new program?
- Will a non-documented student receive financial aide at the post-secondary level?
- What will be the pre-requisite for determining class placement?
- What is the precedent for a 3-year high school experience?
- What is our mission/vision for D214?
- How will this impact AP enrollment?
- What if a student opts for DE over AP?
- If they don’t waive the D/F data, than will we compare our D/F grades to that of the other Harper classes offered or will it be related to District goal?
- Will teacher be allowed to “modify” for IEP kids?
- What are the legal ramifications for not modifying curriculum and instruction?
- How many post-secondary colleges/universities accept IEI course work?
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