In the D.C. suburbs, students can make up lost credits — but not raise their grades — by taking online courses that can be completed in a few days. From the Washington Post:
The program is student-driven. Students take a diagnostic exam and are then taken through a series of lessons based on material they have not mastered. They are tested after each tutorial. They work at their own pace — some complete the course work in a few days. Students can repeat the tests until they pass and are allowed to use the Internet for help. Teachers roam the classroom to offer assistance.
. . . School officials said the system saves about $13,000 by using the computer program for 100 students, as opposed to hiring instructors and holding traditional classes.
The program is free to students. By contrast, summer school costs $425.
Meanwhile, New York City students take summer school classes to “get serious” and earn diplomas, reports the New York Times.
Via Education Gadfly.