Early College Means Early Success for Students
Results From the Early College High School Initiative Impact Study
AIR and its partner, SRI International, have studied the Early College High School Initiative for more than a decade, charting its growth and looking at student educational outcomes. Early College High Schools, called Early Colleges, were developed to give students who are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education the opportunity to enroll in college courses and receive credit while pursuing a high school diploma. The goal is to better prepare these students for college and career success.
The Early College High School Initiative Impact Study addressed two questions:
- Do Early College students have better outcomes than they would have had at other high schools?
- Do the impacts of Early Colleges vary with student background characteristics (e.g., gender and family income)?