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The Shelby County Schools Early College and CTE Partnership (2019-present)

Through this project, NCREST is partnering with the Shelby County Schools College and Career Technical Education (CCTE) division to collect survey and relevant coursework data on their early college and CTE students. The goal of this partnership project is to enable the CCTE division to work with schools to improve student experiences and outcomes, using data about the designs and features of their programs, college course-taking outcomes, and student experiences.

About the partner organization

Shelby County Schools is the largest public school district in Tennessee and is comprised of the two former, smaller school districts: Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools. The Shelby County Schools Division of College, Career, and Technical Education (CCTE) is working to expand its early college programs over the next few years, and in doing so, aims to directly address the Shelby County Schools’ Destination 2025 goals for postsecondary readiness improvement to ensure that at least 80 percent of its students are college ready on graduation, 90 percent of seniors graduate on time, and 100 percent of graduates will enroll in a post-secondary opportunity.

Key activities

NCREST is involved in the following activities in support of the development and expansion of early college and CTE programs in Shelby County Schools:

  • Creating and administering online surveys to graduating students from early college and CTE programs to better understand their academic and social experiences and readiness.
  • Creating and administering online surveys of the designs and features of early college and CTE programs.
  • Collecting and analyzing college and CTE coursework data to provide information about students’ enrollment and performance in these courses.

For more information, contact Jennifer E. Kim, jek51@tc.columbia.edu.

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