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Colorado Graduation Pathways

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Credit Recovery

Credit recovery refers to a student passing, and receiving credit for, a course that the student previously attempted but was unsuccessful in earning academic credit towards graduation. The student can then "recover" the credit by satisfying requirements for the course in which they were unsuccessful and can focus on earning credit based on competency of the content standards for that particular course. Credit recovery programs aim to help schools graduate more students by giving students who have fallen behind the chance to "recover" credits through a multitude of different strategies. Different programs allow students to work on their credit recovery classes over the summer, on school breaks, after school, on weekends, at home on their own, at night in school computer labs, online, or even during the school day.

The Credit Recovery Climate in Colorado

A survey was conducted in late 2012 by the International Association for Online Learning (iNACOL) on behalf of the Colorado Department of Education that identified the key issues and needs for online credit recovery in Colorado. Read the Summary Report for the survey data.


Beyond the GED: State Strategies to Help Former Dropouts Earn a High School Diploma, August 2008, Jennifer Dounay (PDF)

Provides strategies to re-engage the high school dropout.


Credit Recovery and Proficiency-Based Credit, June 2011, Education Commission of the States (ECS) (PDF)

Discusses the difference between credit recovery and traditional remediation. Discusses proficiency based
credits and policies and practices that can improve outcomes.



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