The Role of College Prep Course Offerings and Course-Taking in Long-Term Educational Outcomes

Student writing

This study analyzes the distribution of college prep course offerings across Texas high schools and which school characteristics are associated with higher and lower numbers of college prep course offerings

Increasing access to college prep coursework and encouraging more students to complete these courses may prepare students for the rigors of a postsecondary education and contribute to their success. Building on prior research, the Houston Education Research Consortium used administrative data from Texas public schools to ask the following:

1. Which types of high schools offer more college prep courses?

2. Do students take more college prep courses in schools that offer more of them?

3. Is taking more college prep courses associated with more postsecondary attainment?

4. How does the role of college prep course offerings and course-taking differ by student achievement?


Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Texas Workforce
Aug. 6, 2020

Motivated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60×30TX strategic plan, this project examined the path to and through college and into the workforce for students in the Houston area and state of Texas.

Postsecondary Readiness

Postsecondary readiness broadly refers to how well students are prepared for education, employment or other pathways after high school.

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