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ERIC Number: ED522284
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Maximizing Credit Accrual and Recovery for Homeless Students. Best Practices in Homeless Education
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Middle and high school students experiencing homelessness often face challenges in accruing credits. Class offerings, methods of calculating credits, and graduation requirements can vary greatly among school districts. Students who change schools late in high school can find themselves suddenly in danger of not graduating due to differing class and credit requirements. Further, high schools often have "seat-time" rules that prevent youth from earning credits if they enter the district late in the semester or leave early. These various policies and requirements have a negative impact on youth whose homelessness forces them to change schools mid-year; students' mobility may prevent them from earning full or even partial credit and accruing the credits they need to graduate. This brief is designed to help teachers, administrators, and local homeless education liaisons maximize opportunities for students experiencing homelessness to accrue and recover credits and graduate from high school in a timely manner. (Contains 10 footnotes.)
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. P.O. Box 5367, 915 Northridge Street 2nd Floor, Greensboro, NC 27435. Tel: 800-755-3277; Fax: 336-315-7457; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Identifiers - Location: California; Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987