Dual Enrollment: Students/Parents Must Be Notified of Dual Enrollment Opportunities
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Dual Enrollment: Students/Parents Must Be Notified of Dual Enrollment Opportunities

This database indicates whether state policy requires a high school or district to notify all students and/or their parents of the availability of dual enrollment programs.

Why does it matter?
  • You can't go if you don't know.
  • Traditionally underserved students are generally less connected in the school community, and consequently less likely to be aware of programs that can benefit them.
Highlights
  • Eighteen states require all students in specified high school grades and/or their parents to be notified of the availability of dual enrollment programs.
  • State policy is silent in 30 states and the District of Columbia on whether all students and their parents must be notified.
  • In 2 states, all high school students and their parents must be notified of one program, but state policy is silent on notification requirements for one or more other state-level dual enrollment options.
Note: This database does not include information about Tech Prep or early/middle college high school programs. Information about such programs is included in the ECS career/technical education and early/middle college high school databases.

Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agency Web sites. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.

Last updated: December 2013

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.

Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities
Alabama No. However, standards for school counselors require that prospective school counselors demonstrate knowledge of secondary/postsecondary course articulation and dual enrollment.
Alaska No
Arizona Yes. Each community college district and the Arizona Board of Regents must provide all high schools with information that describes the policies and rules, types of courses available and other information related to the enrollment of students under age 18. Districts must make this information available to all high school students.
Arkansas No
California No
Colorado Yes. Each district, board of cooperative services (BOCES), and charter school must annually notify all students and parents of the opportunity for concurrent enrollment by qualified students in postsecondary courses, including academic courses and career and technical education courses.
Connecticut No
Delaware Yes. All students must be provided information about dual enrollment and dual credit opportunities.
District of Columbia No
Florida Yes. Local boards must inform all secondary students and their parents of dual enrollment as an educational option and mechanism for acceleration. Students and parents must be informed of student eligibility requirements, the option for taking dual enrollment courses beyond the regular school year, and the minimum academic credits required for graduation. District school boards must annually assess the demand for dual enrollment and provide that information to each partnering postsecondary institution. Alternative grade calculation, weighting systems, and information regarding student education options that discriminate against dual enrollment courses are prohibited. The comprehensive dual enrollment articulation agreement between each district and Florida College System institution must include a description of the process by which students and their parents are informed about opportunities for student participation in the dual enrollment program.

Each student must complete a career and education planning course in any grades 6-8. The course must result in a completed personalized academic and career plan for the student, which must inform the student of available opportunities to earn college credit in high school, including Advanced Placement courses; the International Baccalaureate Program; the Advanced International Certificate of Education Program; and dual enrollment, including career dual enrollment.

At the beginning of each school year, local boards must also notify parents of students in or entering high school of the opportunity and benefits of advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, Advanced International Certificate of Education, dual enrollment, and Florida Virtual School courses and options for early graduation.

To facilitate meaningful parent and family involvement, the department of education must develop guidelines for a parent guide to successful student achievement that describes what parents need to know about their child's educational progress and how they can help their child to succeed in school. The guidelines must include opportunities for parents to learn about rigorous academic programs that may be available for their child, including dual enrollment.

In addition, the department of education must develop a statement on transfer guarantees to inform students and their parents, prior to enrollment in a dual enrollment course, of the potential for the dual enrollment course to articulate as an elective or a general education course into a postsecondary education certificate or degree program. The statement must be provided to each district school superintendent, for inclusion in the information provided to all secondary students and their parents as required above. The statement may also include additional information, including dual enrollment options, guarantees, privileges, and responsibilities.
Georgia Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment: Yes. Each local school system must provide general information about dual credit courses to all 8th through 11th grade students.

Move on When Ready: Yes. Each local school system must provide general information about the program to all 10th and 11th grade students.
Hawaii No
Idaho Yes. School districts must annually provide program information to all students in grades 10 and 11.
Illinois No
Indiana Yes, for Postsecondary Enrollment Program. Each school corporation must annually provide each student in grades 8-11 with information concerning postsecondary enrollment opportunities.
Iowa District-to-Community College Sharing or Concurrent Enrollment and Project Lead the Way: Yes. Notice of the availability of the program must be included in a school district's student registration handbook. The handbook must identify which courses, if successfully completed, generate college credit under the program. A student and the student's parent must also be made aware of this program as a part of the development of the student's core curriculum plan.

Postsecondary Enrollment Options: Yes. The availability and requirements of this program must be included in each school district's student registration handbook. Information about the program must be provided to the student and the student's parent prior to the development of the student's core curriculum plan.
Kansas No
Kentucky No. However, while not requiring all students/parents to be notified, the CPE Dual Credit policy notes high schools are responsible for advertising and promoting dual credit opportunities among qualified high school students, parents, and high school faculty.
Louisiana Dual Enrollment: No

TOPS – Tech Early Start Award: Yes. The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) must provide the information necessary to fully inform Louisiana public high school students and their parents on the requirements of and procedures for applying for and maintaining the award.
Maine Yes. School administrative units must provide parents and students with general information on postsecondary education options.
Maryland No. No reference is made to parents. However, all students who meet enrollment requirements must be made aware of the opportunity to dually enroll.
Massachusetts No
Michigan Both programs: Yes. Each district and state approved nonpublic school must provide general information about both programs to all students in grades 8 and higher. Each school district or state approved nonpublic school must provide information to all high school students both programs, including enrollment eligibility; the institutions (or CTE programs) and types of courses eligible for participation; the decision making process for granting academic credits; an explanation of eligible charges that will be paid by the school district or department of treasury, as applicable, and of financial arrangements for eligible charges and for paying costs not paid for by the school district or department of treasury; eligibility for payment of all or part of eligible charges by the school district or department of treasury, as applicable; an explanation that, if the student qualifies for payment of all or part of eligible charges by the school district or department of treasury, the school district or department of treasury, as applicable, will pay that support directly to the eligible postsecondary institution (or CTE preparation program) upon being billed by the eligible postsecondary institution and that the student is not responsible for that payment but is responsible for payment of costs not paid for; available support services; the need to arrange an appropriate schedule; consequences of failing or not completing a postsecondary (or CTE preparation) course in which the eligible student enrolls, including the possibility of being required to repay the school district or department of treasury, as applicable, for money paid on behalf of the eligible student; the effect of enrolling in a postsecondary (or CTE preparation) course on the eligible student's ability to complete the required high school graduation requirements; and the academic and social responsibilities that must be assumed by the eligible student and his/her parent or guardian.
Minnesota Yes. A district must provide information about the Postsecondary Enrollment Options program to all students in grades 8-11.

In addition, a postsecondary institution may provide information about its programs to a secondary school or to a student or parent and may advertise or otherwise recruit or solicit participation on educational and programmatic grounds only.
Mississippi No
Missouri No
Montana No
Nebraska No
Nevada No. However, each 9th grader must develop a 4-year academic plan that sets forth the education goals the student intends to achieve. The plan may include enrollment in dual credit courses. Local policies may ensure that each 9th grader and his/her parent are provided with information on dual credit courses.
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
New Mexico Yes. Districts must ensure that each high school student, in developing a "next-step plan", is "reasonably informed about" curricular options, including dual credit courses. Each student's next-step plan, developed in grade 8 and annually updated, must include one or more of the following: Advanced Placement, honors, dual credit, distance learning, career-technical courses, or pre-apprenticeship programs. Districts must provide information and orientation to students about opportunities to participate in dual credit programs during student advisement, academic support and formulation of annual next step plans.
New York No
North Carolina No
North Dakota No
Ohio Yes. Each district, community school (charter school), and nonpublic high school must provide information to all students in grades 8-11 about the dual enrollment programs the district or school offers. Information provided must include (1) program eligibility, including freshman status as locally determined, and acceptance by college, and (2) program options, including enrollment in college courses for college credit, or both high school graduation and college credit, and financial arrangements for tuition, books, materials, and fees for each option.

Each district, community school, and nonpublic high school must document the method by which the notification was made with an underlying purpose and intent to ensure each student eligible for the program is aware of the program and the student's opportunity to participate.
Oklahoma Yes. The state board and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are required to prepare promotional materials explaining the requirements, features and opportunities of concurrent enrollment and ensure that districts distribute the materials to each student prior to enrollment for each year of high school.
Oregon Yes. Districts must annually notify all high school students and their parents of the Expanded Options Program for the following school year. Each school district must establish a process to ensure that all at-risk students and their parents are notified about the Expanded Options Program. Districts must establish a process to identify students who have dropped out and make it a priority to provide these dropouts with information about the Expanded Options Program. Districts must send information about the program to the last known address of the student's family. (O.R.S. § 340.020) Districts must also notify students who transfer into the district after the notification date, or return to high school after dropping out. 

The notification must include information about: 
  • Financial arrangements for tuition, textbooks, equipment and materials
  • Available transportation services
  • The effect of enrolling in the Expanded Options Program on the eligible student's ability to complete the required high school graduation requirements
  • The consequences of failing or not completing an eligible post-secondary course
  • The requirement that participation in the Expanded Options Program is contingent on acceptance by an eligible post-secondary institution
  • School district timelines affecting student eligibility and duplicate course determinations.
Administrative code identifies additional elements the notice must include.
Pennsylvania No. However, the department of education must publish promotional materials on its website that school districts and area vocational-technical schools may use to inform parents and students about the requirements, features and opportunities of concurrent enrollment programs. To the extent that the department provides school entities with printed promotional materials for dissemination, the department must make such materials available, upon request, to any charter school, nonpublic school, private school or home education program.

*Program currently inactive due to inadequate state funds*
Rhode Island No, for on-campus dual enrollment courses. However, information on quality providers of online dual enrollment courses must be coordinated between RIDE and higher education to ensure that families and students are aware of acceptable course work that meets both graduation requirements and higher education acceptance and dual enrollment credit recognition.
South Carolina No
South Dakota No
Tennessee No
Texas Yes. Districts must annually notify parents of students in grades 9-12 of opportunities to earn college credit, including through dual credit programs and joint high school and college credit programs. The notification must include the name and contact information of any public or private entity offering a college credit program in the district. A school district may provide this notification on the district's website.

In addition, during the first school year a student is enrolled in a high school, and again during each successive year of enrollment in high school, a school counselor must provide information to the student and the student's parent on the availability of programs in the district under which a student may earn college credit, including Advanced Placement programs, dual credit programs, joint high school and college credit programs, and International Baccalaureate programs.
Utah No
Vermont No
Virginia Yes. All local boards must have a plan to notify students and their parents of the availability of dual enrollment and Advanced Placement classes, the International Baccalaureate Program, and Academic Year Governor's School Programs, and the qualifications for enrolling in such classes and programs. This plan must include notification to students and parents of the agreement with a Virginia community college to enable students to complete an associate's degree or a one-year Uniform Certificate of General Studies concurrent with a high school diploma.
Washington Programs generally: Yes. Each high school and any other school serving grade 9 must deliver to each parent of a student in any grades 9-12 information about entrance requirements and availability of local programs offering college credit, including Running Start, College in the High School, Advanced Placement, Tech-Prep, skill centers, and International Baccalaureate programs. The information may be included with other information the school regularly mails to parents. In addition, each senior high school and any other public school that includes 9th grade must include the names and contact information of other public or private entities offering such programs to its 9th through 12th grade students if the school has knowledge of such entities.

In addition, high schools must ensure that parents and students have opportunities to learn about online learning programs, such as Running Start, University of Washington extension, Washington Online, and other programs and providers that meet qualifications to offer courses that high schools may accept for credit toward graduation requirements or that offer courses generally accepted for credit by public institutions of higher education in Washington. High schools must also ensure teachers and counselors have information about these online learning programs and are able to assist parents and students in accessing the information.

Running Start: Yes. Districts must provide general information about Running Start to all students in grades 10-12 and to their parents, including information about the opportunity to enroll in the program through online courses available at community and technical colleges and other state institutions of higher education.

College in the High School: Yes. Participating districts must provide general information about the College in the High School program to all students in grades 10-12 and to those students’ parents.
West Virginia No
Wisconsin Youth Options and 118.55(7r): Yes. Each board must provide information about programs to all students in grades 9-11.

All other programs: No
Wyoming No

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