Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Principals Abuse The Credit Recovery Program To Achieve Artificially Higher Graduation Rates The Data Shows.
The Department of Education released figures on how much "credit recovery" increased the citywide graduation rate. According to the DOE the graduation rate increased by 1.7% due to "credit recovery" (Gotham Schools found it to be 2.6% for schools who had a credit recovery program}. However, a closer look at the numbers showed that dozens of high schools had over a 5% increase in their graduation rates due to "credit recovery".
One of the most egregious examples of the abuse of the "credit recovery" system was at the Mott Hall V in the Bronx that reported that an astounding 46% of the credits earned by the ninth graders in 2011 came from "credit recovery" and in the latest data from 2012 an astounding 26% of the school's high school students obtained credits from "credit recovery" programs, third highest in the City. The Principal blamed the budget for not having enough teachers to give the students the classes and students abusing the system to earn easy credits. Maybe had he tried to hire experienced ATRs rather than the "newbies" he so dearly loves to employ and whom ended up leaving the school during the school year, it might have been different but that's a story for another time.
Since the 2012-13 school year "credit recovery" has been restricted and under the new regulations the principals can no longer abuse the program, or so they say (seeing is believing). Is it little wonder that the college remediation rate is so high for our students and what value is there for a New York City diploma for those schools where "credit recovery" artificially boosted a school's graduation rate and where credits only required a student to sit on a computer for a week and answer some multiple choice questions?
Will these principals be punished for abusing the credit recovery program? Don't bet on it. It's "children last"....Always.