The 8-in-6 program (House Bill 426) was approved by the Idaho Legislature in 2012 to help Idaho students take advantage of the dual credit opportunities provided by the Dual Credit for Early Completers. The 8-in-6 program is designed to help students complete 8 years of schoolwork (2 years of middle school, 4 years of high school, and 2 years of postsecondary or trade school) in just 6 years. Students accomplish this by taking online courses over the summer and by taking online overload courses during the school year. It is important to note that 8-in-6 does not reduce the amount of time students spend in the classroom; it simply increases learning time throughout the year.
The state will pay for up to 2 online summer courses and 2 online overload courses per student per school year, for a maximum of 4 courses per year. The state will pay for a maximum of 8 credits of online summer/overload courses per student during their participation in the program. The state will pay up to $225 per online course. If the cost of the online course exceeds $225, the student will be responsible to pay the difference.
The 8-in-6 program dovetails with the Dual Credit for Early Completers Program and Mastery Advancement Program (MAP). If students complete their high school graduation requirements early through 8-in-6, they can choose one of two options. Through the Dual Credit for Early Completers Program, the student can take dual credit courses paid for by the state while still in high school. Through MAP, the student can graduate early and attend an Idaho public college or university on a partial scholarship. The student receives 35% of the annual average daily attendance (ADA) their school district would’ve received for that student as a scholarship. Thirty-five percent (35%) of the ADA is distributed to the school district, and the remaining 30% is savings to the state.
For details on enrollment in the 8 in 6 program, contact your local school counselor.
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Dual Credit for Early Completers Program was reinstated during the 2013 Legislative session (Senate Bill 1091) and is a critical way in which the state is helping to motivate more students in high school and prepare them for postsecondary education. The Dual Credit for Early Completers program aims to ease the financial burden placed on families when their students go on to postsecondary education, whether it is college or professional-technical school.
Under this program, Idaho high school students who complete all their state-required high school graduation requirements early (excluding the senior project and the senior math requirement) would be eligible to take up to 18 credits per semester, or 12 credits per trimester term of postsecondary credits (up to $75 per credit reimbursement). Students can take up to 6 college credit-bearing examinations per semester, or 4 per trimester ($90 per examination reimbursement).
During the 2011-2012 school year, the first year in which students could participate in the Dual Credit for Early Completers program, one student who qualified for the program earned 34 dual credits. The state distributed a total of $2,210.00 in reimbursement for the credits earned. In the fall of 2012, 32 students qualified to earn approximately 150 dual credits reimbursed.
For more information about the Dual Credit for Early Completers program contact Tina Polishchuk firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the 2010 Legislative Session, the Idaho Legislature and Governor approved House Bill 493, providing for a pilot program to reward Idaho schools, students and the state for helping students to graduate early. During the 2013 Legislative Session, the pilot phase was lifted and all schools became eligible to participate. The Mastery Advancement Program (MAP) enables districts and charter schools to utilize mastery exams to allow students to progress more quickly through high school. MAP also allows for programs within elementary schools to use various ways of challenging students at the appropriate level. Districts and public charter schools must apply to participate in MAP.
School districts must have a challenge exam or equivalent exam, in which a passing score would demonstrate full course mastery, in place for a minimum of two school years prior to participation in the program. Participating districts must be able to demonstrate reliability and validity of the chosen measure in ensuring that a passing score indicates that a student has obtained the needed course knowledge, in order to be successful in the subsequent course in the series. Interested school districts must submit an application for participation that includes a detailed plan for implementation and a process for students to request a challenge exam.
In order for students to be eligible for the MAP scholarship, they must have attended an Idaho public school for four full school years immediately prior to graduation. Students must have completed all district/public charter school and state graduation requirements within 11 full school years or 9,900 hours to be eligible for a one year scholarship. To be eligible for a two year scholarship, the student must have completed all graduation requirements within ten full school years or 8,910 hours. To be eligible for a three-year scholarship, the student must have completed all graduation requirements within nine full school years or 7,920 hours.
Effective for all public school students who enter high school at the 9th grade level in Fall 2012 or later, IDAPA Code 08.02.03.105.03, updated March 12, 2014, states that a student must take one (1) of the following college entrance examinations before the end of the student's eleventh grade year: SAT, ACT, or COMPASS. To ensure that Idaho students are able to meet this graduation requirement, the Idaho State Department of Education has contracted with the College Board to provide all Idaho juniors with the opportunity to participate in one state funded administration of the SAT. Students who are eligible to take an alternate assessment may take the ACCUPLACER Placement exam during their senior year to meet the college entrance exam graduation requirement. Included in this opportunity is the use of the SAT Online Course for over a period of 24 months for every Idaho public school student, beginning in a student's sophomore year and continuing through his/her junior year.
A student is not obligated to take the SAT or ACCUPLACER Placement for the graduation requirement; they may take the COMPASS or ACT at his/her own expense. However, a student only needs to take one of the four aforementioned college entrance exams to meet the requirement. If a student chooses to complete the COMPASS or ACT at his/her own expense, the student may also participate in the state funded SAT or ACCUPLACER.
Also provided, with funding from Senate Bill 1200, all public school sophomores will be provided the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT®. While the sophomore administration of the PSAT/NMSQT® is not mandatory, we encourage schools to take advantage of the opportunity. For additional information regarding the Idaho SAT school day or the PSAT opportunity for students visit http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/assessment/collegeEntranceExam.htm or contact Nichole Hall at email@example.com.
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By providing more advanced opportunities across the state, we can ensure every student has equal access to the best educational opportunities, no matter where they live or go to school. Students now have the option to complete state high school graduation requirements early and earn a scholarship toward higher education or stay in high school and begin their college or professional-technical education. Student-centered programs like 8 in 6, Dual Credit for Early Completers, and the Mastery Advancement Program are available today to empower every high school student to get a jumpstart on their future. – SUPERINTENDENT TOM LUNA