Implications of the Proposed Dual Enrollment Changes's picture

In many schools the scheduling process is underway…how do you plan for possible changes in the dual enrollment legislation? Here are a few things in the proposed legislation to keep in mind:

  • The requirement that students be in 11th grade is likely to be removed.

  • It expands the definition of eligible student to include non-public and home-schooled.

  • It caps the number of courses a student can take at:
    • 2 courses per year during the first three years he/she dual enrolls, regardless of grade level.

    • 4 courses in the fourth year he/she dual enrolls.
  • Limits the tuition that a community college can charge under this act to the in-district rate.

Also keep in mind that the same basic requirements still apply for dual enrollment:

  • The course has to be one that is:

    • Not offered by the school. Or one that the student cannot take because of a scheduling conflict beyond his/her control.

    • Credit bearing and applicable toward a post secondary degree at the institution where the course is being taken. (Note: A student can opt to receive high school and/or postsecondary credit for the course.)

    • Not an activity, hobby craft, recreational, physical education, theology, divinity or religious education course.

    • Offered at a university, community college or independent non-profit degree granting college or university.
  • Students must:

    • Have passed the MME or alternative (Plan, PSAT, ACT) in subject being taken or

    • Be taking a computer science, foreign language or fine arts course

    • Be in high school not more than 4 years

    • Not be a foreign exchange student.
  • Should this legislation pass…students will be permitted to begin taking dual enrollment courses starting in the freshman year, up to a maximum of:

    • 2 courses their 1st, 2nd and 3rd years of dual enrollment, regardless of their grade level in the year they first dual enroll

    • 4 courses their 4th year

    MASSP will keep an eye on this legislation and will supply an update when it is finalized. We will also be advocating for the addition of an EXPLORE test qualifying score for dual enrollment. Stay tuned.