Texas Education Code 29.908 says that Texas ECHS programs, “must include articulation agreements with colleges, universities, and technical schools in this state to provide a participating student access to postsecondary education and training opportunities.” The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) serves as this articulation agreement. MOUs help maximize an ECHS’s chance of success by formalizing the school district-IHE partnership in the following areas:
The ECHS Blueprint outlines the process for earning and maintaining ECHS designation in Texas. It segments the process into six "benchmarks," and describes the documentation and data required to respond to each benchmark. TEA has led a revision of the ECHS Blueprint, find out more here: https://tea.texas.gov/echs/.
ECHSs are innovative high schools that provide students least likely to attend college with an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and up to 60 college credit hours. ECHSs provide dual credit at no cost to students; offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses; provide academic and social support services to help students succeed; increase college readiness; and reduce barriers to college access.
Benefits of designation include recognition as an approved ECHS; membership in the ECHS and College and Career Readiness School Models Network; invitations to convenings (special events hosted by TEA and Educate Texas); access to professional development, technical assistance, and research-based best practices.