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Credit Recovery - Why It's Important Fact Sheet

Credit recovery options are an important aspect of every school’s catalog. “Failing Courses,” “Not Enough Credits” and “Overage for Grade” are consistently among the top reasons why students drop out of school.1 These students who lag behind or fail their studies require extra help to get back on track to succeed.

About 80% of urban schools cite credit
recovery as an issue of importance.2

Increasingly, schools have turned to online learning for credit recovery with growing success. The North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) wrote in a 2008 report, “The promise of using online learning in providing an alternative method of instruction for at-risk students is demonstrated by the increasing number of school districts implementing online curriculum with at-risk students and dropouts, and the success of many of these online credit recovery programs.”3

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) found that 55% of school districts reported using distance learning, most of it online, during the 2009–2010 school year; more than 60% of those classes were taken for credit recovery.4

1. http://oregongearup.org/files/research-briefs/creditrecovery.pdf
2. http://educationnext.org/credit-recovery-hits-mainstream
3. http://www.k12hsn.org/files/research/Online_Learning/NACOL_CreditRecovery_PromisingPractices.pdf
4. http://educationnext.org/credit-recovery-hits-mainstream

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