Why Eastern Promise?
About Eastern Promise
The Eastern Promise is a collaboration between the InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD), Eastern Oregon University, Blue Mountain and Treasure Valley community colleges, and 45 school districts in the eastern Oregon. The program creates additional opportunities for high school students to participate in college-level courses, as well as earn college credits and/or certificates, while still in high school, a big money savings for families. The goal is that the Eastern Promise will increase the number of eastern Oregon high school students who are prepared for and attend college directly from high school.
Formerly, there were just three “pathways” to early college education in high school: Advanced Placement testing (which requires conformance to external curriculum and traditionally has low enrollment in smaller high schools); Dual Credit (which depends upon high instructor qualifications and has limited options in many high schools); and Dual Enrollment/Expanded Options (which can be very expensive for high schools and presents geographical challenges with the large distances between high schools and post-secondary providers).
The Eastern Promise solves many of these issues. It includes the aforementioned previous pathways, but adds a fourth. First, partner institutions employ internally-developed learning outcome assessments to award college credit, with regional Professional Learning Communities of teachers and college staff collaborating regularly. Second, there is local direction with the Eastern Promise. High schools will direct who teaches and who takes eligible coursework, while the higher education partners direct norming and assessments to control and align the curriculum to ensure comprable standards of acheivement are met. Third, there is local flexibility. Educational partners will be able to collaborate to offer the highest level of opportunity and support for students.
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