A s we move through the next two years in the school business we will begin to understand the full impact of the recent reductions of funding public education and higher education in Texas. Earlier this summer the district planned to use State U as the provider of college dual credit courses. In fact I mentioned using them in last week’s article. Their approach was supported by funding through the state and was a cost reduction to districts providing dual credit college courses.
A financial cut to funding to the Texas Virtual School Network has led State U to make a decision to not provide college dual credit courses through a virtual environment. The Texas Virtual School Network will still be in operation, but at a cost to districts.
Even though State U will not be a part of our dual credit experience this year, our high school administration and counselors have resolved the challenges of providing dual credit coursework for high school students. The high school will host a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. for 11th and 12th grade parents and students interested in dual credit courses. The counselors and administration will discuss the courses that will be offered, entry requirements and assessments and answer questions about our dual credit program. The courses will be offered through a virtual environment at the high school with a Rockdale High School teacher in the classroom with the students. Dorothy Wright, one of the high school counselors, will help students stay on track with their online assignments.
School districts are required to offer students a minimum of 12 college hours or credit through a dual credit program, a middle college, an early college high school, an International Baccalaureate program or an Advanced Placement Program. Providing students with an opportunity to earn college credit while in high school permits a smoother transition to college for all students, but especially for the first generation college students.