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The Effects of Early College Opportunities on English Learners

English Learners (ELs) lag behind their peers in postsecondary attainment. As the EL population in the U.S. continues to grow, so does concern over their underrepresentation in higher education. Research shows that Early College High Schools have a significant impact on high school and college outcomes for students from low income and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds, but how similar opportunities might extend to ELs remains unknown. We report findings from the first three years of an intervention that offers Early College opportunities in high schools serving large EL populations. Leveraging an exogenous policy change and rich administrative records, we examine the outcomes of pre- and post-program cohorts of ELs (N=15,090) in treated and untreated high schools. We find a large, significant impact on the number of college credits earned in 12th grade but no effect on immediate college attendance after high school. The probability of attending a four-year college significantly decreased.

Keywords
English Learners, Early College, Postsecondary Access
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/rg67-sh88

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Johnson, Angela, and Diana Mercado-Garcia. (). The Effects of Early College Opportunities on English Learners. (EdWorkingPaper: -232). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/rg67-sh88

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