Early College High School (ECHS)
Early College High Schools (ECHS) are open-enrollment high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity receive both a high school diploma and either an associate degree or at least 60 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree. Early College High Schools:
- Enroll Historically underserved students, targeting at-risk and economically disadvantaged
- Provide dual credit at no cost to students
- Offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
- Provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
- Provide students with highly personalized attention
- Increase college readiness
- Partner with Texas institutions of higher education (IHEs) to reduce barriers to college access
The ECHS Blueprint Provides foundational principals and standards for innovative partnerships with colleges and universities. The ECHS Blueprint contains six benchmarks outlining the design elements that each ECHS campus must implement before serving students. Additionally, outcome-based measures in Access, Attainment, and Achievement provide guidance for ECHS program implementation and continuous improvement efforts.
ECHS Blueprint Redesign
The Texas Education Agency (TEA), in collaboration with numerous stakeholders throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, has revised the Early College High School (ECHS) Blueprint.
The 2020-21 ECHS Blueprint has received changes to each of the six benchmarks:
1) Target Population
2) Partnership Agreement
3) Leader-ship Initiative
4) Curriculum and Support
5) Academic Rigor and Readi-ness
6) School Design
Modifications have been made to the ECHS Blueprint’s outcomes-based measures (OBMs) related to access, attainment, and achievement data indicators. The ECHS Data Documentation for 2020-2021 Designation details the process and data analyzed for setting the targets in the OBMs.