Educational Technology

February 15, 2018

Why A Popular Way To Help Struggling Students Graduate Is So Controversial

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by Kate McGee, WAMU

Credit recovery programs are largely unregulated and there’s little guidance as to what a quality credit recovery program looks like. For example, in D.C. there aren’t any regulations around credit recovery, which means D.C. public schools and individual charter schools can decide what counts as a credit recovery course without oversight. At a district council hearing in December, State Superintendent Hanseul Kang testified that she was unaware there were no regulations regarding credit recovery until she prepared for the hearing. She said her office is reviewing whether to change that. Others are concerned that a credit recovery class is often less rigorous than the original class, and is used as a way to push students toward graduation even if they might not be academically ready for college or a career.

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