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Postsecondary enrollment marks a critical transition point for students after they graduate high school. It’s important that students enroll in some form of postsecondary education opportunity beyond high school—whether that be college, advanced training, or the military. This is particularly true for low-income students and other underrepresented populations. Unfortunately, a 25-percentage-point difference exists between high- and low-poverty schools (52 percent and 77 percent, respectively) when it comes to enrolling in college in the first fall after high school graduation.
In Ohio, students have a variety of options that can help them transition from high school to college. Most people have heard of College Credit Plus (CCP), but the lesser known early college high schools (ECHS) provide an important pathway to college—particularly for low-income students.
In fact, according to the Ohio Department of Education, ECHS programs must prioritize:
- Students who are underrepresented in regard to completing post-secondary education
- Students who are economically disadvantaged, as defined by the Ohio Department of Education
- Students whose parents did not earn a college degree
ECHS provide mostly low-income...