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ERIC Number: EJ860581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Reaching Graduation with Credit Recovery
Dessoff, Alan
District Administration, v45 n9 p43-44, 46, 48 Oct 2009
When students fail courses or drop out of school, it isn't good for them or their districts, which are under federal and state mandates to improve test scores and graduation rates. With those mandates and about 1.2 million students dropping out each year--or one every 26 seconds--there is more pressure today than ever to help students stay in school and graduate on time. Nationwide, nearly one-third of high school students fail to graduate with a diploma, with an average of 7,000 dropping out every day. The problem is even more severe among African-American and Hispanic students, with nearly 50 percent not completing high school on time. Overall, in the nation's 50 largest cities, only 53 percent of high school students graduate on time. This article discusses how districts, driven by government requirements to produce better results, are using credit recovery programs to help students in trouble get back on track and boost achievement levels for the students and districts alike. While some districts rely on traditional face-to-face interaction between teachers and students, many are adopting online solutions offered by commercial vendors, and others are implementing programs that blend face-to-face and online instruction. Some create their own programs from free online resources and their own curricula. In some states, education agencies and virtual schools provide complete programs. However districts do it, the objective is the same: to give students who have failed courses because of poor grades or absenteeism, or who have dropped out of school, a chance to recover the credits they have lost so that they can move on to the next grade and ultimately to graduation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida; Georgia; Michigan; Nebraska
IES Cited: ED559978