Dual Enrollment - State Profile

Dual Enrollment - State Profile - District of Columbia

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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

Data compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.

Program Basics
Statewide policy in place Yes
Definition or title of program Dual Enrollment
Where courses provided
  • At postsecondary institution
Postsecondary and/or secondary credit earned Both
Students may take developmental/remedial courses through dual enrollment program Not set in state policy

CTE component Not set in state policy

Unique characteristics An LEA that implements a dual enrollment program must notify parents that postsecondary institution employees are not subject to the criminal background checks that are applicable to elementary and secondary school employees.
Offering mandatory or voluntary Voluntary. To implement a dual enrollment program for its students, an LEA must develop a Dual Enrollment Partnership Agreement with a partnering postsecondary institution. No language in a Dual Enrollment Partnership Agreement may require partnering postsecondary institutions to admit dual enrollment students from an LEA.
College partners can be 2-year/4-year/both Both. Accredited not-for-profit private institutions may also participate.
Student eligibility requirements
  • Not specified. Determined in the Dual Enrollment Partnership Agreement an LEA develops with a partnering postsecondary institution.
Cap on number of credits students may earn Not set in state policy
Students/parents must be notified of dual enrollment opportunities No
Counseling/advising is made available to students Not set in state policy. However, a Dual Enrollment Partnership Agreement between an LEA and a partnering postsecondary institution must specify what student support mechanisms, if any, will be made available.
Who is primarily responsible for paying tuition Local decision. LEAs and postsecondary institutions agree in the Partnership Agreement on who will be responsible for tuition in the Partnership Agreement.  Currently for most programs, tuition is primarily paid by the postsecondary institutions.  In cases where it is not, tuition is paid from the District of Columbia dual enrollment fund, which is administered by the State Superintendent for Education’s office.  A Dual Enrollment Partnership Agreement must provide that students will not be charged tuition for dual enrollment courses.
How state funds participating high schools Equal

How state funds participating postsecondary institutions Equal. Postsecondary institutions are funded based on actual student costs.  The state Dual Enrollment Fund will pay unmet tuition, fees, and books for participating dual enrollment students upon receiving an invoice from an eligible postsecondary institution.
Ensuring Program Quality
Instructor qualifications component Not set in state policy
Program reporting requirement Yes. An LEA must annually submit to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) a copy of each Dual Enrollment Partnership Agreement. An LEA operating a dual enrollment program must report data to OSSE on student participation, course enrollment, and credits earned in the dual enrollment program for use in the longitudinal educational data warehouse.
Program evaluation component Not set in state policy
Public postsecondary institutions required to accept credits No

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