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Nebo district far exceeds state percent of college readiness

Jan 04, 2019 08:30AM
By Lana Hiskey One focus of Nebo School District is to assist students in becoming college ready. A lot of time and energy by Nebo faculty and staff helps to prepare Nebo students for college. During the 2017-2018 school year, students in Nebo School District saved parents $8,457,800 in college credit costs earned through Concurrent Enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. The savings to Nebo families is up from $6,972,600 the previous year in 2016-17.

Nebo’s increase in Concurrent Enrollment rose a whopping 37 percent compared to the state’s 10.6 percent increase.

The Utah State Board of Education and Utah System of Higher Education released a joint report on 2017-2018 Concurrent Enrollment Summary Data. According to the report, over 36,000 high school students in Utah participated in concurrent enrollment classes last year, saving over $48 million on college tuition.

Highlights from the report include:

The number of students participating in Concurrent Enrollment increased by 10.6 percent, from 32,849 in the 2016-17 school year to 36,335 in 2017-18. Weber State University and Utah Valley University had the highest number of enrollments and most credit earned.

During the 2017-18 year, 169 public, charter, and alternative high schools participated in the concurrent enrollment program. Students from 41 districts and 36 charter schools earned concurrent enrollment credit.

AP exam participation increased 1.4 percent from 2017, and students earning a 3, 4, or 5 on AP exams increased 1.6 percent to 68.6 percent.

Dave Buhler, Commissioner of Higher Education, is reported as saying, “Concurrent Enrollment is a wonderful way for high school students to experience the rigor of a college class and earn college credit while in high school. We are pleased record numbers of high school students are taking advantage of this low-cost option, as it helps them save on their education and be better prepared once they reach college.”

Sydnee Dickson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, said, “We are proud of our educators who are encouraging more of their students to challenge themselves with college-level coursework. We know this will lead to more students entering and succeeding in higher education.”

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