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Credit recovery programs under scrutiny in Pasco schools



For the past few years, Pasco County high schools have made a concerted push to get high school students who struggled with courses and credits into a credit recovery program.

The computer-based program allows students to work at their own pace -- in a classroom with a teacher available -- to make up credits and stay on track for graduation. Many schools have credited the program with keeping students from dropping out, instead staying on path to an on-time diploma.

(See recent stories on Hudson HighWesley Chapel High and Ridgewood High for examples.)

But that all might soon change. Echoing past comments of School Board member Allen Altman, superintendent Kurt Browning this week suggested that the programs, in which students can earn credits rapidly, might be on their way out.

"I am not a big fan of credit recovery," Browning told the School Board. "You’ve got students who piss away a semester and then they want to make up the credit."

He suggested they should work harder in class rather than goof off and then aim to replace their F with a better grade in days. "We’re doing a disservice to the students," Browning said.

He didn't offer more details on his plans for the program. What's your advice on the credit recovery program?

[Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:08pm]


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