Educational Technology

July 29, 2015

School saves 150 failing students with quickie online courses

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:29 am

By Susan Edelman, New York Post

Flushing HS put 150 flunking students in quickie online “credit recovery” courses and pressured teachers to reverse failing grades to boost a lower-than-50 percent graduation rate, a stunning internal ­e-mail shows. “Our benchmark of a 60 percent graduation rate in June is nonnegotiable,” ­Patricia Cuti, assistant principal for guidance, insisted in a June 1 missive to staff. With fewer than two weeks before the end of regular classes, all 150 students were enrolled in Apex Learning online courses, where they could get a quick and easy replacement for a semester or year’s work. “With 150 students failing a grad requirement, we are looking at a rate of less than 50 percent,” Cuti wrote. “Every effort to assist these students in reaching all the graduation requirements is necessary.

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