Best Practices

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 who earned a 60 or higher on 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. Most students find benefit from additional academic support as they work through their course. 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 anytime, anywhere, 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: Students have twenty-six weeks to complete a course. School systems that set more definitive time periods (i.e. six-week CR session or April CR session) or those that have a published end date (i.e. two weeks before school semester end or CR must be finished by April 14th) have better student success and completion rates.