Rezin-sponsored legislation to expand access to high school dual credit courses becomes law

More high school students can now receive high school credits from a dual credit program thanks to legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Deputy Minority Leader Sue Rezin (R-Morris) that was recently signed into law.

House Bill 5506 amends the state’s Dual Credit Quality Act to provide that a partnership agreement between a community college and a school district shall allow high school students who may not meet the community college’s academic eligibility requirement to enroll in their dual credit course to receive high school credits. High schools are required to establish procedures to notify students enrolled in dual credit courses if they are eligible for both college and high school credits or just a high school credit.

“This law will create more opportunities for high school students to gain access to academic courses and credits that were previously unavailable to them,” said Sen. Rezin. “Students interested in courses that are part of a dual credit program will no longer be turned away just because they might not qualify for the college credit for whatever reason, which in turn will hopefully lead to more course offerings.”

The legislation requires school districts and community colleges to annually assess disaggregated data pertaining to the dual credit enrollment, completion, subsequent post-secondary enrollment and performance. Additionally, institutions shall notify its faculty within 15 days of entering or renewing a partnership agreement.

“While expanding academic opportunities for high school students in Illinois, our state will be able to gather additional data on these dual credit programs,” continued Sen. Rezin. “This additional information will help our state ensure that these programs continue to meet our students’ academic needs.”

House Bill 5506 passed out of both chambers without opposition and was signed by the Governor on June 10.

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