Capital Region BOCES will host an open town hall meeting on behalf of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) on March 27. NYSED is seeking comments on the state's current credit recovery programs and suggestions for improving the implementation of the Board of Regents regulations on credit recovery. Credit recovery involves a variety of alternative academic programs used in schools to offer students a way to make up credits for incomplete or failed courses.
The meeting is open to the public and anyone who is concerned with this issue is encouraged to attend.
The event will take place at 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road on March 27, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. More DETAILS (pdf)
Participants are invited to make an oral presentation, not to exceed two minutes and/or submit written testimony addressing the guiding questions, developed by NYSED, listed below.
What course attendance requirement must be met to establish eligibility for credit recovery? At least 75 percent? At least 65 percent?
Who identifies the instructional plan and the content for the credit recovery course? The panel? The teacher with approval of the principal?
What is the minimum seat time requirement for credit recovery? Should this be a prorated portion of the amount by which a student failed a course (failed with a 45, so a minimum of 20 percent of the course hours must be made up)? A minimum of 18 hours?
Should credit recovery only be allowed as a last resort with the approval of the superintendent? What documentation should be provided to the superintendent?
Should there be a limit on the number of credits earned through credit recovery? Should independent study credit matches be capped at six credits?
What evidence should be used to substantiate student learning, particularly for courses that do not have a Regents or approved alternative assessment? A thesis for social science/literacy-based courses? An additional assessment for mathematics? A project demonstrating key concepts for science?
Who should certify that the requirements have been met to give the credit? The principal only? The principal only upon recommendation of the original panel?
Should our focus be mostly on grade recovery (interventions embedded in the course) rather than credit recovery (after course has been failed or student has dropped out)?