Online Providers Find a Market in Dropout Recovery
Surge in credit-recovery programs worries some educators
While accountability demands and economic pressures sparked educators' drive to bring dropouts back to school, those efforts are largely being powered by online and hybrid credit-recovery programs.
But the advent of such innovations also gives some industry experts and educators cause for concern: Will dropout recovery's promise be derailed by programs that offer uneven academic rigor and insufficient social and emotional support for this very vulnerable group of returning students?
"I worry that the growth of access in this space has outpaced quality," says Michael B. Horn, a co-author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns , published in 2008 by McGraw-Hill. "You've started to solidify models that focus on getting students to graduation as opposed to an outcome measure focused...
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