• Products for all Early College High Schools

    Under the authority of Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.908(b) and Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §102.1091, the TEA developed a designation process for Early College High Schools. The designation process ensures that districts and colleges operating ECHS campuses maintain the integrity of the model, which was researched and designed to target and serve students who might not otherwise attend college.


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  • Benchmark 1 Target Population The Early College High School shall serve, or include plans to scale up to serve, students in grades 9 through 12, and shall target and enroll students who are at risk of dropping out of school as defined by the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) and who might not otherwise go to college. 
    East ECHS's written admission policy and enrollment application.
    East ECHS's written recruitment plan including a timeline of recruitment and enrollment events, and recruitment materials for distribution at feeder schools and other appropriate locations in the community
    East ECHS's brochures and marketing in Spanish, English, and/or other relevant language(s) .
    East ECHS's written communication plan for targeting identified audiences, parents, community members, school board, higher education personnel, etc.
    Benchmark 2   Partnership Agreement 

    The Early College High School shall have a current, signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for each school year that:

    • Defines the partnership between the school district(s) and the institution(s) of higher education (IHE) and addresses topics including, but not limited to, the ECHS location; transferability of college credit between a 2 year and 4 year institution; the allocation of costs for tuition, fees, and textbooks; and student transportation;

    • States that the school district or charter in which the student is enrolled shall pay for college tuition (for all dual credit courses, including retakes), fees (including TSI administration fees), and required textbooks to the extent those charges are not waived by the partner IHE;

    • Defines an active partnership between the school district(s) and the IHE(s), which shall include joint decision making procedures that allow for the planning and implementation of a coherent program across institutions; and

    • Includes provisions and processes for collecting, sharing, and reviewing program and student data to assess the progress of the ECHS

    Final, signed, and executed MOU.
    Benchmark 3  P-16 Leadership Initiatives The school district and institution(s) of higher education (IHE) partners shall develop and maintain a leadership team that meets regularly (e.g., quarterly) to address issues of design, implementation, ongoing implementation, and sustainability. Membership should include the Early College High School leader and individuals with decision making authority from the district(s) and IHE(s).
    East ECHS / HCC leadership meeting agendas and minutes
    East ECHS's school board and board of regents’ presentations
    East ECHS's description of each member and role in committee.
    Benchmark 4 Curriculum and Support The Early College High School shall provide a rigorous course of study that enables a participating student to receive a high school diploma and complete the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) core curriculum (as defined by the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §4.28), obtain certifications, or earn an associate’s degree, or earn at least 60 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree during grades 9 12. The ECHS shall provide students with academic, social, and emotional support in their course of study.
    East ECHS's 60 college credit hours crosswalk.
    East ECHS's calendar of family outreach events.
    East ECHS's professional learning community agendas and notes PLC -9th Grade PLC 10th Grade PLC 11th & 12th Grade
    East ECHS's advisory/study skills curriculum material
    East ECHS's master schedules. Fall 2018   Spring 2019
    Benchmark 5 Academic Rigor and Readiness The Early College High School shall administer a Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college placement exam (as defined by TAC §4.53) to all accepted ECHS students to assess college readiness, design individual instructional support plans, and enable students to begin college courses based on their performance on the exam.
    East ECHS's calendar of TSI test administration dates.
    East ECHS's aggregate reports of TSI exam performance.
    East ECHS's tutoring and bridge program schedules
    East ECHS's Bridge Program curricula.
    Benchmark 6 School Design The Early College High School must provide a full day program (i.e., full day as defined in PEIMS) at an autonomous high school (i.e., a high school with ECHS leader assigned to ECHS responsibilities who has scheduling, hiring, and budget authority), an IHE liaison with decision making authority, and a highly qualified staff with support and training.
    East ECHS's mentor/induction program plans.
    East ECHS's annual training or professional development plan with ECHS and IHE faculty.
    East ECHS's leader/liaison meeting agendas and notes
    East ECHS's leadership team member bios Principal Square   Dean Orozco   Dean Speier