The Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Credit Recovery want to make sure students participating in the credit recovery program have all of the tools needed to be successful. Georgia Credit Recovery has developed best practice ideas to help school systems implement effective credit recovery programs.
Establish a minimum score to enter CR program: Students attempting credit recovery courses are more successful when they have a foundation of information in the subject area. Consider students as having a 60 or better in their first attempt at the course as the best candidates for credit recovery.
Provide academic support at the local school: Credit recovery is a tool for school systems to use. While site coordinators are required to proctor tests for students, it may be beneficial to provide additional academic support for students. Providing access to highly qualified teachers while they complete the program will enhance the student's ability to succeed.
Hold students accountable for program completion: Although students have the ability to work on credit recovery courses at any-time and in any-place, school systems that require students to attend afternoon sessions, or who require students to "report in" on a regular basis have increased success rates with the credit recovery program.
Set Participation Guidelines: The credit recovery program requires students login within ten days of enrollment and students have twenty-six weeks to complete a course. School systems that set more definite time periods (six-week CR session, April CR session) or those that have a published end date (two weeks before school semester ends, CR must be finished by April 14th) have better student success and completion rates.