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Study: Earned Credits, College Admission Rates Higher Among Students in 9-14 Model

Education Dive


Dive Brief:

  • By 10th grade, students who attended the first seven New York City schools with P-TECH — a six-year, 9-14 model that bridges high school, higher education and work — were more likely than a comparison group to score high enough on a state English language arts exam to qualify for dual enrollment at City University of New York, a new evaluation found.
  • P-TECH students also earned more credits than peers in other schools. And while many of those credits were in career and technical education courses and other nonacademic subjects, “these additional credits did not appear to come at the expense of earning academic credits,” the authors wrote.
  • Conducted by MDRC, the study used the random lottery admission process for the city’s high schools to compare students who did and didn’t attend a P-TECH school. Most students in the sample were also scoring below proficiency in both math and ELA before entering high school, the authors wrote. 

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