Education officials are collecting data on Iowa students who earn community college credits while in high school to see how well-prepared those students are for college.
According to a new report by the Iowa Department of Education, more than 38,200 high school students in Iowa took classes last year for credit through community colleges, 50 percent more than five years earlier. Those students accounted for more than 25 percent of the enrollment at the state’s community colleges.
The Des Moines Register reported Wednesday that the state hasn’t tracked passing and failing rates, and officials don’t know whether the courses are as tough as those offered at the college level. But state officials are now collecting that information, said Roger Utman, administrator for the Education Department’s Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation.