In 2010-11, Belding High School implemented a new process to allow students to recover credits and pass classes that they have failed by focusing specifically on course concepts and standards in which they are deficient rather than having them repeat an entire course.

To illustrate this program, let’s assume a student, Jim, has failed a math class with a grade of 56%. In looking at his grades, we see that Jim has passed two tests but failed three. When grades for quizzes and homework were added into the mix, his final grade in the class was 56%. In the past, Jim would have to repeat the entire class to receive his math credit. In this credit recovery model, Jim will focus only on the course content and material that he failed or failed to complete the first time around. He will report to the credit recovery room and pick up a packet or complete assignments assigned on e20/20 that will help him learn and review the material for which he will be tested. E20/20 is a computer based learning system. When he completes the assignment, he will turn the packet in to the credit recovery teacher and take a test over that material. When he is able to pass all of the tests, and demonstrate that he has learned the material, he will receive credit for the class. By focusing only on material that was failed the first time, students don’t have to repeat material they already know.

If a student does recoup credit through this process, their original failing grade remains on his/her transcript. A much better alternative to this would be to take advantage of credit intervention which allows students to retake tests during the semester before final grades are issued. Students who fail a test can retake it for a higher grade and raise his/her grade before the final grades are issued. We consider this to be a credit intervention. This process is at the discretion of individual teachers and departments.

Credit recovery is available for English language arts, math and science.