Matthews says “credit recovery” may not lead to real gains in learning

Jay Matthews questions the widespread use of “credit recovery,” which allows students to substitute a few weeks of online classes for courses that usually take months. “Before educators get too excited about the results from credit recovery, they need to assess how much those students have learned in a few weeks compared with those who spend months in class.”

Matthews said that although high school graduation rates are soaring, “there is no research indicating they reveal any learning gains in our high schools.”

A report by the International Association for K-12 Online Learning says “too often credit recovery ‘solutions’ have lowered the bar for passing.” It recommends valid tests of competency before awarding credit, something D.C. officials say they hope to do. Arlington uses credit recovery usually for students well past age 18 or who have had trouble with the law.

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