Advanced Coursework

Advanced Coursework Network

High school students can earn college credit at New England Tech – at no cost – if you’re currently a student at a Rhode Island high school that participates in the Advanced Coursework Network (ACN). 

Registration begins in March for the Fall 2018 quarter.

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) supports the costs of the coursework for eligible public high school students. As such, Local Education Agencies (LEAs), public schools, public school students and their families from eligible schools in Rhode Island will not be assessed any tuition or fees associated with participating in ACN courses. Students homeschooled in Rhode Island along with students from outside of the state may be eligible to take the courses at cost, depending on availability. The tuition cost for out-of-network students who want to register for classes is $250 per credit.

The ACN enables eligible students to enroll in formerly unavailable, high value academic and career-focused courses while they remain enrolled at their secondary school.

Coursework is offered through state-approved course providers. New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is a state-approved Network Provider.

This initiative promotes college and career readiness and provides coursework options aligned with a student’s passion, interest and need.

Key benefits that you'll receive as a high school student include:

  • The opportunity to individualize your graduation pathway
  • High-value coursework to prepare you for college and career success
  • Choices of coursework beyond what is available at your high school

Consult with your guidance counselor/school administrator to see if your school offers the course(s) that you are interested in.

Course space is provided on a first come, first served basis.
 

For more information contact:

Douglas Leigh
Training and Workforce Development Manager
401-739-5000, Ext. 3355
dleigh@neit.edu

Follow the below steps to register through the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) Advanced Coursework Network website:

  1. Visit ride.gosignmeup.com
  2. At the column on the LH side of the page, click on +NEIT
  3. Select "Face to Face" under "NEIT"
  4. Select "Pre-register" under the course(s) you would like
  5. Select "Complete Pre-Registration"
  6. Either select "Create account" if you're a new user or login if you're an existing user

If your state is considering including advanced coursework measures in school ratings, what questions should you ask? What should you watch out for?

Will the state look at participation in advanced coursework, success in the courses, or both?
If including something about advanced coursework in accountability, both participation and success need to count. Including only participation rates will create incentives to enroll all students without providing the necessary supports for success, while including only success rates will incentivize schools to make access available only to the perceived highest performers.

What types of advanced courses will the state include, and how will it ensure that the courses are truly rigorous?
Advanced course options typically include AP, IB, and dual enrollment classes. For AP and IB, end-of-course exams provide a check on the rigor of the class. Dual enrollment courses, however, often don t have a similar quality check. To ensure that the classes provide students meaningful advanced opportunities, states need to at minimum ensure that schools only receive credit for dual enrollment courses that earn students credit accepted by the state’s institutions of higher education.

How will the state measure participation and success?
Questions to ask about participation rates: Ask who qualifies as a participant: Any student who enrolls in a course, or (in the case of AP or IB classes) only a student who takes the exam? Will schools receive more credit for students who take multiple advanced courses? Who will count in the participation rate denominator — all students in the school, students in the graduating cohort, or students in certain grades such as grades 10 to 12?

  • Tip: Watch out for attempts to only include “eligible” students in participation rate calculations. Depending on the definition of “eligible,” your state may be limiting access only to the highest performing students. Be wary, too, of including only graduates in the participation rate denominator: Doing so could increase the incentive to push lower performing students out of school entirely.

Questions to ask about success rates: Ask who counts as a successful completer: A student who got a passing grade? One who passed the end-of-course exam? One who earned credit for a dual enrollment course? Who will count in the success rate denominator — all students who enrolled in the course, just those who completed it, or just those who took the exam?

  • Tip: All students who count as participants should be in the success rate denominator. And to the extent possible, make sure the definition of success is tied to something meaningful for students, such as a score of 3 or higher on an AP exam, or the grade needed to earn college credit in a dual enrollment course.

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