Statewide Dual Credit (SDC)
Statewide dual credit classes are college-level courses taught at the high-school level by trained high-school teachers. Course learning objectives are developed by Tennessee high school and college faculty in order to ensure alignment with post-secondary standards. All statewide dual credit courses are approved by the Consortium for Cooperative Innovative Education before they can be offered as a part of the state’s current pilot program (see Public Chapter 967 for more information).
All students enrolled in a statewide dual credit course take the online challenge exam, which is used to assess mastery of the postsecondary-level learning objectives. Students which meet or exceed the exam ‘cut score’ receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution. Exam scores are reported on the high school transcript to ensure postsecondary credit is accurately awarded but are not used in any state accountability measures.
In the 2017-18 school year, nine statewide dual credit courses will be offered in Tennessee. These courses add to the portfolio of available early postsecondary credit opportunities, but do not replace local dual credit agreements. High schools can offer early postsecondary credit courses regardless of their access to a local postsecondary partner or funding for other courses.
Participation in the program is free of charge for schools and students.
SDC Course Learning Objectives
- Statewide Dual Credit Pilot Courses