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Giving high school students the opportunity to earn college credits can be enormously valuable for students like Stanfield sophomore Kaitlyn Burns, because it reduces the cost of obtaining a college degree. It has taken a united effort between high schools and local colleges, known as Eastern Promise, for that to happen. It is one of a half-dozen ways Oregon schools offer college credit to high school students.
“The neat thing about it is you have teachers from around the region scoring a lot of the student work and creating the assessments, and collaborating also with higher ed. Kids really have to earn it — and not everyone does,” said Bryan Johnson, Stanfield’s principal.
81 percent of seniors with Eastern Promise credits go on to college — compared to the state average of 56 percent. And they save money, at $10 a credit. Multiply that credit cost by thousands of students over the last few years, and Eastern Promise estimates it has has saved families $1.7 million.