State Bill Would Recognize College-Ready High School Students
Friday, April 14, 2017
The Colorado education committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that would allow concurrent enrollment to count toward the state’s Postsecondary Workforce Readiness (PWR) indicator. Concurrent enrollment refers to credit hours earned when high school students take college courses for both high school and college credit.
“The legislation allows schools to demonstrate their ability to graduate students remediation-free and receive credit for it in the PWR indicator,” said former state Sen. Keith King, R, who drafted the bill. “This raises the bar.”
Under the existing law, SB09-163, carried by then-Sens. King and Evie Hudak, D, Colorado public high schools are “graded” on graduation and drop-out rates and ACT scores. In March, King initiated a late bill to change the PWR indicator to a more inclusive system to determine schools’ school performance ratings. Sen. Kevin Priola, R, accepted King’s request to introduce the legislation.
Lawmakers are using the state’s 2021 high school guidelines to design the new PWR, which will allow concurrent enrollment and the Accuplacer test scores to count toward demonstration of school performance. Accuplacer results are used to determine whether high school students are ready to enroll in college-level courses.
King served in the Colorado Legislator for 12 years. In 2007, he founded Colorado Early Colleges, a network of charter high schools in Colorado Springs, Parker and Ft. Collins, The program allows students to graduate high school with an associate degree, or higher, for free. King serves as the administrator of the network.
“We want all students, who are college-ready, to be able to contribute to their schools’ respective accountability scores,” King said. “Schools should be rewarded, not penalized, for the number of students who are college-ready.”
For More Information
Learn more about SB17-272-Measures of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness.