Mississippi Code of 1972: 37-15-38 established dual enrollment and dual credit programs for high school and postsecondary credit. The purpose of the Dual Enrollment and Credit Program is to offer structured opportunities for qualified high school students to simultaneously enroll in college course at Mississippi (public) Institutions of Higher Learning (IHLs) or Mississippi Community or Junior Colleges (CJCs) that provide pathways leading to academic or career technical postsecondary credit.
What is a dual enrolled student?
A dual enrolled student is a student who is enrolled in a community college or junior college or state institution of higher learning while enrolled in high school. The student receives postsecondary credit for coursework.
What is a dual credit student?
A dual credit student is a student who is enrolled in a community or junior college or state institution of higher learning while enrolled in high school. The student receives both high school and postsecondary credit for coursework regardless of the course location (high school campus, postsecondary campus, or online.) One three-hour postsecondary course is equal to one high school Carnegie unit.
Title IV, Part A Funding
With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2016, the federal Advanced Placement Test Fee Program expired. Mississippi used the AP test fee program to reduce the cost of AP test fees for students from low income households in districts throughout the state.
ESSA consolidated 40 previously funded educational programs, including the AP test fee program, into one unrestricted Title IV block grant distributed to the districts. The purpose of Title IV, Part A, of ESSA is to improve student academic achievement by increasing the capacity of districts to
- provide all students access to a well-rounded education
- improve school conditions for student learning
- improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students
Districts may use up to 20% of their Title IV, Part A funds to support “well-rounded educational opportunities” for students. Well-rounded educational opportunities include accelerated learning programs like AP, IB or Cambridge, STEM, Music and Arts, Foreign Language instruction, Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment, Civics instruction, College and Career Counseling, Social/Emotional Learning, and Environmental education. Specifically, these funds can be used to pay for AP test fees for students.
The MDE encourages the federal programs directors and district leadership teams to plan carefully for the allocation of Title IV, Part A funds, using the requirements set forth in ESSA. Administrators should ensure that funds are dedicated for accelerated program opportunities for students. This will secure a funding source to promote student participation rates in accelerated programs in the district for accountability purposes.
If you have additional questions regarding Accelerated Programs, please email Heather Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.