Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Online Credit Recovery and the Path to On-Time High School Graduation

Many high schools use online courses to allow students to retake failed classes in an effort to help get students back on track and graduate. However, there is limited evidence available on the effectiveness of online credit recovery in improving students’ long-term outcomes compared with traditional face-to-face credit recovery courses.

This paper examines longer term outcomes for ninth graders who failed Algebra I and were randomly assigned to an online or face-to-face algebra credit recovery course. In particular, the authors look at math credits earned through four years of high school and rates of on-time graduation. They find no statistically significant differences in longer term outcomes between students in the online and face-to-face courses.

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