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The effects of early college opportunities on English learners

A recent study in the American Educational Research Journal examined a developing program started in 2017 that offers Early College (EC) opportunities in high schools serving large English learner (EL) populations in California. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of an EC program on high school graduation and subsequent college enrollment for EL students.

Data for this study were collected from seven cohorts of high school students (N = 15,090) in a large, urban school district in California. As EC was rolled out in the district in three of the high schools first, the researchers compared the post-EC outcomes of treated and control groups (i.e., the three high schools that started EC first vs. other high schools in the district who had not yet started EC). This study expands current knowledge of EC effects on historically underserved student populations such as ELs.

Findings from this study showed that although the EC program succeeded in inducing students to start college coursework, it had no significant effect (0.7 percentage points) on the probability of enrolling in college immediately after high school. The results also corroborate existing case study research suggesting that improving access to more rigorous coursework may be necessary but insufficient for ELs to increase their college-going.

 

Source:
Johnson, A., & Mercado-Garcia, D. (2022). The effects of early college opportunities on English learners. American Educational Research Journal, First Published, 1-33.

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