Credit Recovery FAQs

The purpose of the Credit Recovery initiative, as presented by the GaDOE through Georgia Virtual Learning, is to provide online course access to Georgia students for the purpose of earning credit for a course that a student has not been academically successful. The coursework provided by the Georgia Credit Recovery will reach out to students in need of Credit Recovery and engage them in challenging; highly motivational classes that will help them get back on track. This initiative will, additionally, alleviate the local school districts' burden of funding Credit Recovery programs and provide equity and access to all of Georgia’s students.

Yes, regardless of student’s previous End of Course assessment (EOC) score, a requirement of the Credit Recovery program is that each public school student must retake the EOC and the EOC score should be reported on the student transcript and count 20% of the course grade. Private school students need to take the final exam available to them in the credit recovery course and are not required by The Georgia Credit Recovery Program to take an EOC.

The program is offered at no charge to Georgia public high schools who choose to participate. While all first time enrollments are free of charge for all Georgia public high school students, there is a $25 re-enrollment fee for any public school student who needs to be enrolled into a credit recovery course more than one time. The Georgia Credit Recovery Program is available for private school student use at a cost of $100 per 1/2 credit course and $200 per full credit course. Schools must provide a credit recovery site coordinator for these courses and this expense is not covered by the GaDOE.

The Georgia Credit Recovery Program provides online (web based) access and instruction to Georgia students registered for a Credit Recovery course. The prescribed program of instruction begins with a pre-assessment based on the Georgia Performance Standards for a unit of the course. The results of this pre-assessment indicate whether the student has acheived mastery of the objectives or whether he/she needs to spend more time on this particular content. After the student has achieved the desired level of mastery, he/she will take the unit test. The grades for the course are based on the unit test scores combined with a final exam or the state mandated EOC if appropriate. The assigned online modules are designed to be student centered allowing the student to work at a pace consistent with their individual learning style. For enrollment procedures, students should contact their local high school.

Yes, the Georgia Department of Education will provide all local districts and schools with guidance and assistance regarding utilization and implementation of the Credit Recovery program. Online training for local school site coordinators is integrated into the Credit Recovery program and will be required for participation by any local school district or school before students may participate.

Students need to contact the Credit Recovery site coordinator at their local high school for enrollment procedures.

Most instructional content for Credit Recovery courses will be delivered online, via the internet and accessible to all students 7 days a week, 24 hours a day from any internet connected device. Neither the Department of Education nor the Georgia Credit Recovery Program will be responsible for providing local districts, schools or individuals students with equipment to access these courses. Some Language Arts courses require reading material that may be provided by the local school, checked out at the library, or purchased at a book store.

Any Georgia student enrolled in a public or private school who has previously taken a course and was unsuccessful in earning credit towards graduation for that course is eligible to take an online course through the Credit Recovery program. Since the Credit Recovery program will be offered in an online learning environment, participants in the Credit Recovery program should be self-motivated and independent learners who exhibit a strong personal commitment towards earning credit in an online environment.


Credit Recovery is traditionally defined as a way to “recover” credit for a course that a student was previously unsuccessful in earning academic credit towards graduation. It differs greatly from programs that allow students to earn “first time credit”.  Students have already satisfied seat time requirements for the unsuccessful course and can focus on earning credit based on mastery of the course standards. Credit Recovery programs, in general, have a primary focus of helping students stay in school and graduate on time.

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