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The Progress of Education Reform: Credit Recovery and Proficiency-Based Credit PDF -

This issue of The Progress of Education Reform will address the following questions:

  • What is credit recovery? What is proficiency-based credit?
  • How is credit recovery different from traditional remediation?
  • Why does providing for these options matter for high school completion?
  • How widespread are these options across the states? And what do state policies look like?
  • What are the challenges in implementing credit recovery and proficiency-based credit
  • What does the research say on the effectiveness of credit recovery and proficiency-based
  • What are the essential policy components?

(Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, June 2011)


Comparing Success Rates for General and Credit Recovery Courses Online and Face to Face: Results for Florida High School Courses - Grade 9-11 students in Florida were more likely to earn a grade of C or better when taking an academic course online rather than face to face for both general online courses and credit recovery courses. Most subgroups of students were also more likely to succeed in online courses. The success gap between online and face-to-face courses was highest in 9th grade and diminished through grade 12. However, English learners showed no difference. (John Hughes, Chengfu Zhou and Yaacov Petscher, REL-Southeast, September 2015)...

Tiered Interventions in High Schools: Using Preliminary 'Lessons Learned' to Guide Ongoing Discussion - This document provides brief snapshots of how eight schools across the country implemented tiered interventions, including the essential components of response to intervention (RTI). Each of the schools viewed its implementation as a work in progress. Through visits with the schools and conversations with experts, it became clear that implementing tiered interventions at the high school level involves more than the "cutting and pasting" of the essential components of RTI from elementary to high schools. (American Institutes for Research, May 2010)...

Core Components of RTI: A Closer Look at Evidence-Based Core Curriculum, Assessment and Progress Monitoring, and Data-Based Decision Making - Second in a three-part series aimed to build a fundamental understanding of a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) framework in Indiana's schools to aid in the prevention and intervention of both academic and behavioral problems for all students. This report examines the first three essential components of the RTI framework: evidence-based curriculum, assessment and progress monitoring, and data-based decision making. (Yuri Kashima, Bridget Schleich and Terry Spradlin, CEEP, June 2009)...

Indiana's Vision of Response to Intervention - While this is the first report of a three-part series on Response to Intervention (RTI) in Indiana the good information it provides is applicable everywhere. (Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, April 2009) ...

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