The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and American Institutes for Research (AIR) have partnered to conduct a study examining dual credit education programs in Texas. The research is designed to provide Texas K-12 and higher education decision and policy makers with a firm understanding of the effectiveness of dual credit programs in Texas.
Qualitative and quantitative research is currently ongoing, with a final report scheduled for publication in December 2018. Results of the study will guide discussions in advance of the next legislative session. Researchers are focused on determining academic outcomes of students who began their higher education careers with dual credit courses. Researchers also are seeking to understand the differences between course content, teaching methods, and assessments.
This research will provide Texas K-12 and higher education decision-makers with an empirically grounded understanding of the effectiveness of dual credit programs in Texas. It also will produce actionable guidance to institutions of higher education that deliver dual credit programs.