Idaho considers changes to dual credit classes

Some Idaho high school students are getting a surprise when they get to college: Many of the dual-credit classes they took to get a jump on their higher education — paid for by taxpayer money — don’t count toward their majors or their required classes, or are even accepted at all.

For kids who go to state colleges and universities in Idaho, the classes they take in high school for college credit aren’t wasted, but sometimes they count only as lower-value elective classes.

“We are hearing from the governor’s office and legislators that the state might be spending a lot of money on courses that may not be helping students,” said Matt Freeman, Idaho State Board of Education executive director.

State officials can’t say how many students or what share of credits are affected. But the Education Board is working on legislation that could put sideboards on dual-credit classes. The proposal could limit dual credit to classes that apply to majors or course requirements, Freeman said.

The proposal will go to the State Board next month.

Idaho’s public institutions accept dual-credit classes — indeed, many of those classes are taught through the university by high school…

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