Credit recovery: A second chance or a second-rate education? | IN 60 SECONDS


Ready? The US celebrated record high
school graduation rates five times in the past five years. But test scores have
been flat, raising red flags about grad rate inflation. Of course, schools offer
supports to students at risk of not graduating. Chief among them: Credit
recovery, makeup classes that give failing students a second chance to
graduate on time. While widespread, participation is uneven. 39 percent of
all students taking credit recovery attend just 8% of high schools. At that
volume, schools create a quality problem where second chances become inferior
second tracks to graduation. But these schools also have far more poor and
minority students, making this quality problem an equity problem. Despite much
lower test scores and grad rates, these peak credit recovery schools have the
highest graduation rate gains, bolstering fears that lowered expectations will
leave many graduates unprepared. Done well, credit recovery gives students
second chances. Done poorly, it offers our least advantaged a second track that can
harm students and schools. To learn more about my take on credit recovery, check out the link in the description below. Also, let us know what other topics you’d
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