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Early Postsecondary Opportunities (EPSOs)

EPSOs Overview

EPSOs are a vital component to Tennessee’s Ready Graduate Indicator in Accountability. The Ready Graduate should have a high probability of seamlessly enrolling in postsecondary education and securing high-quality employment. The Ready Graduate must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. earn a composite score of 21 or higher on the ACT; OR
  2. complete four early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs); OR
  3. complete two EPSOs + earn an industry certification; OR
  4. complete two EPSOs + earn a score of military readiness on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT)\

Learn about EPSOs at EHS by scrolling down or clicking the links below. 

2017-18 Highlights

*Credits earned reflect 2017-18 data, while courses available reflect current offerings.

  • 42 Local Dual Credits earned. Courses available: Emergency Medical Services, Medical Therapeutics, Chemistry, Computer Applications, Coding I, Web Design Foundations, Criminal Justice II & III, Pre-Law II & III, Accounting I & II, Banking & Finance, Administrative Management, Business Communication, Aviation Flight I & II, Unmanned Aircraft System, Flight Simulation Lab, Maintenance & Light Repair II, III, IV
  • 793 Statewide Dual Credits earned. Courses available: in 2018-19: Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Criminal Justice, Intro to Plant Science, and Intro to Business
  • 50 Industry Certifications earned. Certifications available: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Excel, MOS PowerPoint, MOS Word, Certified Nursing Assistant, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Precision Measurement Instruments
  • Courses available: British Literature, Speech, Statistics, Advanced Computer Applications, Composition I & II, Chemistry II, US History I & II, Psychology, Business Communications, Intro to Criminal Justice
  • Courses available English IV AP, Biology AP, US History AP, Human Geography AP, Music Theory AP

Statewide Dual Credit

As one type of the early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs), Statewide Dual Credit (SDC) is a high school course aligned to a postsecondary standards developed and approved by the Consortium for Cooperative Innovative Education. The accompanying challenge exam allows students exceeding an established cut score to earn postsecondary credit at any public postsecondary institution. This course is taught by high school faculty at the high school.

SDC Challenge Examination

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 who 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.

By showing and analyzing the data of students’ challenge exam result for Spring 2018 on Statewide Dual Credit (including pass rate and fail rate, total student enrollment for each district and school, spring semester pass rates comparison, and the overall score trends), this report aims at providing a whole picture of the Statewide Dual Credit implementation across the state. 

2018 Success Rates for SDC Courses

In this section, we summarize the student enrollment, as well as the number and percentage of students who passed and failed the challenge exam by course, and compare the pass rates for SDC courses by the two categories of full implementation courses and pilot courses.

During the spring 2018 semester, 6,585 students in total participated in the challenge exam for the Statewide Dual Credit courses. Among these students, 793 students (12%) passed the exam. 

The largest amount of students were enrolled in Pre-Calculus (2618), followed by Statistics (1219), American History (803), and World History and Geography (659). 

In terms of the pass rate, SDC Introduction to Agriculture Business has the highest pass rate of 30%, followed by the course of Criminal Justice II (24%). 

EHS ranked 2nd in the state in pass rate for American History with 4 out of 15 passing, and EHS was 1st in the state for Criminal Justice 2 with one student taking and passing the test.

Course name

Total students


% pass


% Fail

American History






Criminal Justice 2


















Intro to Agriculture Business






Intro to Plant Science






Intro to Sociology












World History and Geography













EHS has expanded State-wide Dual Credit SDC options over the years.

  • In 2013—14 EHS offered SDC in Trigonometry.
  • In 2014—15 EHS offered SDC in Trigonometry, Statistics, and Criminal Justice.
  • In 2015—16 EHS offered SDC in Trigonometry, Statistics, and Criminal Justice.
  • In 2016—17 EHS offered SDC in Pre-Calculus and Statistics.
  • In 2017—18 EHS offered SDC in Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Criminal Justice, and American History.
  • In 2018—19 EHS offered SDC in Pre-Calculus, Statistics, Criminal Justice, Intro to Plant Science (aka: Greenhouse Management), and Intro to Business (aka: Business Management).

Awarding Postsecondary Credit

  • Students who pass their statewide dual credit challenge exam are eligible to receive college credit at any of the public postsecondary institutions in the state. However, students need to enroll in an institution in order to receive “transcripted” college credit.
  • Upon matriculation, a student is responsible for contacting the institution’s Records Office and providing his/her statewide dual credit course/exam information in order for postsecondary credits to be awarded.
  • Statewide dual credit challenge exam scores must be reported on the student’s official high school transcript for the purpose of awarding credit at the postsecondary institution.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment courses are one avenue for students to earn college credit prior to graduation. Courses are offered by Northeast State Community College at Elizabethton High School. Course costs vary, but are comparatively more affordable than courses taken following graduation while enrolled in a college or university. Credits are earned upon course passage.

Credits for these courses are accepted at all Tennessee Board of Regents colleges and universities, and may be accepted out of state. Sometimes, when the courses are applied in out-of-state colleges, they may be counted as an elective. For this reason, students who plan to attend college outside of Tennessee should check with that school to see how their credits will transfer. 

Dual Enrollment courses offered at EHS in 2017-18 include:

  • British Literature
  • Speech
  • Statistics
  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Advanced Computer Applications

To cover the cost of the first two courses, students apply for a grant through Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC).  Currently, the first two classes are free through the grant. The 3rd and 4th classes are billed at cost (approximately $400 each). If they take more than four courses, the cost is subtracted from HOPE scholarship funds. (All students that take dual enrollment courses are also HOPE qualified because the prerequisites for dual enrollment are the same as for HOPE.)

We are already working on new Dual Enrollment classes for next year with Milligan College and ETSU. Details will be announced later.

Dual Enrollment Guidelines (Northeast State)

Local Dual Credit

One type of the early postsecondary opportunities (EPSOs) is Local dual credit(LDC). Local dual credit is a high school course aligned to a local postsecondary institution’s course and exam. Students who pass the exam earn credits that are accepted and/or recognized by the local postsecondary institution. Courses are taught by licensed high school teachers or certified college instructors approved by the school system and the postsecondary institution.

Currently, Elizabethton High School has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Northeast State Community with many CTE classes. They are as follows:


NeSCC Course:

College Credit Hours:

High School Course/s:

Emergency Medical Technology

EMTP 1015 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation


Emergency Medical Services- #5995

Medical Therapeutics- #5999


CHEM 1060

Introduction to Chemistry


Chemistry- #3221

Computer & Information Sciences

INFS 1010

Computer Applications


Computer Applications- #5891

Computer & Information Sciences

CITC 1301

Introduction to Programming and Logic


Coding 1- #6098

Computer & Information Sciences

CITC 1300

Beginning HTML and CSS


Web Design Foundations- #6100

Public Safety & Justice Administration

CRMJ 1010

Introduction To Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice II- #5988;

Criminal Justice III- #5889

Pre-Law 2- #6196

Pre-Law 3- #6197

Industrial Technology- Automotive Service

AUTO 2210

Alignment & Brakes


Maintenance & Light Repair II- #5880;

Maintenance & Light Repair III- #5881

Maintenance & Light Repair IV- #5882

Industrial Technology- Automotive Service

AUTO 2140

Engine Analysis


Maintenance & Light Repair II- #5880;

Maintenance & Light Repair III- #5881

Maintenance & Light Repair IV- #5882

Industrial Technology- Automotive Service

AUTO 1120

Automotive Electrical


Maintenance & Light Repair II- #5880;

Maintenance & Light Repair III- #5881

Maintenance & Light Repair IV- #5882

Business Management

ACCT 1010

Principles of Accounting


Accounting 1- #5910

Accounting 2- #5911

Banking and Finance- #5899

Business Management

BUSN 1305

Introduction To Business


Administrative Management- #5895; Business Communication- #5888

Accounting 1- #5910

Aviation Maintenance Technology

AVIT 1300

Introduction to Aviation


Aviation Flight I #6070;

Aviation Flight II #6148

Unmanned Aircraft System- #23173

Flight Simulation Lab- #23174


Elizabethton High School has already scheduled November 29, 2018 as the day for students to take Articulation exams with Northeast State Community College. In the past we have sent students to NeSCC. However, this year all of the exams will be at EHS. We will schedule a similar day for the spring semester.

A good website to view LDC facts vs myths is:

Advanced Placement Courses

Elizabethton High School offers Advanced Placement classes, which allow students to earn college credits prior to graduation. Students who score successfully on the AP Exam for their course(s) will earn college credits accepted at most colleges and universities nationwide. The only additional cost for these classes is the cost to take the test. 

AP Classes offered at EHS in 2018-19 include:

  • English IV AP
  • Biology AP
  • US History AP
  • Human Geography AP
  • Music Theory AP

For general information about AP courses or to see your Exam scores, visit the College Board AP website.

ECS is proud to be one of five school systems in 2018 in which more than 70 percent of students who took the exam earned a 3 or higher, qualifying test takers for college credit.

Industry Certifications

Last year, 50 students earned industry certifications in CPR, and this year, we have added PMI and MOS. EHS was awarded capstone industry certifications grant for 2017--18. Starting in the 2018--19 school year, Precision Measurement Instruments Certification (Includes all sub-tests) is now an allowable capstone industry certification for several areas including: STEM Engineering and Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Maintenance & Light Repair. Elizabethton High School offers both of these. PMI Certification has been approved in each of the courses Principles of Engineering and Technology (course code 5924) and in MLR 3 (course code 5881).

TDOE promoted 2018—19 student
capstone industry certifications at EHS

Aligned TDOE

Program of Study

Aligned course in which students will
be enrolled when they take the
identified industry certification exam.

MOS Excel

Office Management

Advanced Computer Apps (5904)

MOS PowerPoint

Office Management

Advanced Computer Apps (5904)

MOS Word

Office Management

Advanced Computer Apps (5904)

Certified Nursing Assistant

Therapeutic Nursing Services

Nursing Education (6000)

Precision Measurement Instruments


Principles of

Engineering and



Precision Measurement Instruments

Maintenance & Light Repair

Maintenance & Light Repair

III (5881