Online credit recovery creates diploma mills | Joanne

Credit: Kellan Jett

Online “credit-recovery” programs are raising high school graduation rates, writes Zoë Kirsch as part of a Slate series called The Big Shortcut. At many schools, credit recovery also is lowering standards.

Credit recovery lets students “retake — and sometimes retake and retake — core subjects that they failed the first time around,” Kirsch writes. The quality of the online programs varies significantly.

Almost 90 percent of school districts use some form of credit recovery, according to a 2011 report from the National Center for Education Statistics (the center…

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