Schools need a credit recovery path

By From page A10 | October 10, 2013

The Davis school district’s pending strategic plan process holds lots of promise. However, I fear that some critical issues will be ignored as we wait for the process to unfold.

The school district needs to address high school credit recovery now. Between an unreliable summer school with inadequate course offerings and the 10-unit rule, a student who falls off the path to Cal State University/University of California in one semester is likely off the path for good. Rather than providing a pathway for a student to pick herself up, brush herself off and try again, she’s off the path. The system undermines educational attainment and personal character development. This is no way to raise children.

The district can easily fix this egregious hole in its services with a simple stroke of a pen. DJUSD could accept online and hybrid-online coursework for credit recovery. Davis just has to look over the causeway at the Sacramento City Unified School District’s Sacramento Accelerated Academy, an online credit recovery program, and to local online charter schools, who offer A-G science classes, for program models. To ensure that credit recovery is available to all students, the Sacramento district contracts with an off-the-shelf online provider and uses its district’s computer laboratories.

Implementing these actions does not need to take years. These simple actions could help students today.

Carin Loy

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