Critics charge ‘credit recovery’ abuses

New York is looking into charges that credit recovery programs make it too easy for students to blow off schoolwork, earn credits for doing very little and pick up a diploma. Principals are evaluated based on graduation rates, providing an incentive to lower standards. (Students can earn P.E. credits online.) Read teachers’ comments on Gotham Schools.

It’s not just a New York City thing. Teachers all over the country have been complaining about credit recovery.

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  1. Roger Sweeny says:

    But–.. bu–… but- schools are non-profits, and people who work in non-profits are motivated by the public interest, unlike people who work in for-profits, who are motivated by private advantage. How is it possible for this to happen?

  2. Thinly Veiled Anonymity says:

    There’s another side to this story:

    When I was in high school, I once did three classes worth of “credit recovery” for a friend in return for $50.

    This was back in the days of workbooks and self-tests, before Al Gore gave us the inter-tubes.

    It took me about an hour to do three class-semesters worth of work. it was the highest paid job I’d had at that point.

  3. Anyone who read NYCEducator has know about this scam for several years.

  4. I’m guarded against the idea that credit recovery programs as a whole are not worthy as ways to satisfy high school requirements. Some credit recovery programs must be able to satisfy the same requirements as their high school equivalents. If credit recovery programs are being abused, what is allowing them to be abused? It sounds like credit recovery programs are being held to lower requirements than their in class high school equivalents. That’s my guess.

  5. Wow, good thing Autif is here to recap the article while thinking he thought it up all by himself.

    And there doesn’t have to be anything Macchiavellian about it. What would you do with a kid who doesn’t have enough credits if you’re not allowed to kick him out?

  6. Credit Recovery programs (we have them here in Southern NV), are a joke in my opinion…Most of these students were too lazy to earn the credits in a normal school year of 180 days, and now we’re expected to believe they can master the material in 90 days or less? (totally insane idea to my frame of mind).

    Credit recovery programs are along the same lines as remedial education in college, and unless there are very strict guidelines over testing of students ability after going through these programs, they are nothing more than a first rate sham (IMO).