SPPS is working to create credit recovery programs that meet the needs of our students. The need for improving credit recovery programming has been amplified during the pandemic. This work will provide opportunities for students to recover lost credits every term in programs that are located near their home school. This proposal is important to help increase SPPS graduation rates and address the achievement gap between students of color and their white peers.
We are proposing enhancements to the SPPS Extended Day Learning Program and Summer Session that meet students' needs and are based on credit recovery best practices to:
- Ensure credit recovery is based on what students know and have learned
- Allow students to recover credits as close to the time of credit loss as possible
- Provide credit recovery programming at locations close to students’ home school
This credit recovery program proposal will ensure that all programming is based on what students know and have learned and is aligned with the proposed revisions to SPPS grading practices.
Additional features of the revised credit recovery programming:
- Aligned credit recovery learning with content priority standards and common assessments. Students will have opportunities to finish or redo coursework from the course in which they originally did not meet proficiency standards.
- Course design will include pre-assessments so that students will be able skip course content they have already mastered.
- Credit recovery will acknowledge and award credit based on existing student skills and abilities. This means students will have access to “test out” options and options for students to express their content knowledge.
- Credit Recovery programming will add more staff to increase student supports.
- Credit recovery opportunities will be offered every term for all core courses.
The two credit recovery opportunities we are proposing to enhance are site-based Extended Day for Learning and Summer Session programming:
Site-based Extended Day for Learning
High schools will have the opportunity to run Extended Day Learning (EDL) credit recovery programs for all students in grades 9-12 to complete missed learning from courses they failed.
- Schools will document and share the final percentage of failed courses with EDL staff. Automating this process will be an important development for scaling this program district-wide.
- EDL teachers will review the “fail percentage,” incomplete assessments, or other provided data with students and assign the appropriate recovery-units to successfully complete the credit.
- High School EDL programming will provide a combination of synchronous learning (same-time learning), virtual support sessions for off-site learners and in-person support.
- In addition to licensed teachers, sites will hire non-licensed “Course Completion Specialists” to support student success and learning.
- To provide credit recovery opportunities for any failed core class every term, students from ANY site-based EDL can enroll in ANY EDL credit recovery course. Content Instructors can teach same-time lessons or office hours from any school building. However, any in-person support will be provided at their home EDL site.
Note about Evening High School (EHS): EHS will remain a part of the extended-day learning model. EHS courses will stand up missing sections that aren’t offered through site-based EDL sites. EHS will still target 11-12th grade students.
Summer Session (Summer Learning Program)
We are proposing an overhaul to how we deliver Summer Session credit recovery. Students will have the opportunity to participate in one of two options for credit recovery based on student preference.
Option 1: Experiential learning
Students will have the opportunity to participate in experiential credit recovery where students can learn outside the classroom. This will include a combination of outside of the school building experiences and classroom-designed projects that use unique assessment tools.
Option 2: Classroom and virtual credit recovery
Students will have the opportunity to participate in credit recovery that mirrors the EDL instructional design in content delivery. Summer Session sites will remain regionally located.