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Concerning concurrent enrollment programs and college preparatory with examination programs (Orwall, Stambaugh, Tarleton)

Declares an intent to establish a clear student-focused policy for concurrent enrollment and college preparatory programs with examination in the state that recognizes, without preference for a single program, the selection of quality programs leading to a credential, certificate, or degree completion.
Requires the state board for community and technical colleges and the four-year institutions of higher education to convene a work group to collaborate on the benefits, challenges, and best practices surrounding concurrent enrollment and college preparation programs in the state.
Requires the education data center to convene a work group to provide consistent, easily understood concurrent enrollment programs and college preparatory programs by examination data among institutions of higher education and K-12 schools within the state.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY 1ST SUBSTITUTE
(1) Reinstates the requirement for the higher education institutions to post the AP credit policy on campus web sites, but also amends it to include IB and Cambridge International credit policies to be posted by the fall 2018 academic term. (2) Changes the requirement for the higher education institutions to establish a "coordinated, evidence-based policy" to establishing "coordinated, evidence-based policies" for granting college credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge international examinations. (3) Adds higher level IB examinations to the policy examples that the institutions of higher education may consider when granting college credit for minimum scores on IB examinations. (4) Adds representatives to the workgroup addressing awareness, access, and completion of dual credit programs, with an additional member representing principals, one member representing community and technical college faculty, one member representing public four-year institutions of higher education faculty, and three representing high school teachers, one each with experience teaching International Baccalaureate, AP, and Cambridge International; (5) Changes the appointer of one representative of the Dual Credit Workgroup from the executive director of an association representing high school administrators to the executive director of an association representing school district administrators; and (6) Adds representatives of the State Board of Education to the Education Research and Data Center Workgroup.

Hearing Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 -- 8:00 am

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2656&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)