Massachusetts Early College Promise (ECP) Pilot Program (sometimes referred to "13th year" or a "5th year" of high school) is a one-year extension of Designated Early College Programming in MA. The ECP Pilot Program deepens the grades 9-12 Early College offerings and expands opportunity for students to earn a full Associate degree or 60 transferable credits towards a bachelor's degree at no cost to the student. Continuation of strong high school supports for students is integral to ECP Pilot Programming. ECP Pilot Programming is intentionally designed to empower students traditionally underserved by higher education. Current ECP programs are located in majority economically disadvantaged districts and intentionally focus on expanding Early College access and success among Black and Latinx students while simultaneously providing proactive support for students whose college prospects are affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
In order to have qualified for the Early College Promise 5th Year limited Pilot Program, Early College programs had to meet all of the following criteria:
Note: This is a limited pilot. Designated early college programs interested in starting a pilot 5th year program must reach out to the Early College Office at DESE to discuss participation.
Conducting pilots allows us to test innovations on a small scale, ensuring outcomes and working through challenges, before implementing more broadly. The following timeline applies to the ECP Pilot Program goals and evaluation:
Last Updated: June 29, 2022
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