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Students Can Make Up Credits Online

By Susan Sawyers

A growing network of online classes is giving thousands of high school students a second or third chance to pass courses they need to graduate, from algebra and history to health and physical education.

The classes are part of a widening phenomenon called credit recovery — a term that sounds more about erasing debt than advancing education but actually enables troubled students to get credit for classes they’ve previously failed or didn’t complete.

Such opportunities have long been available in summer school. But as pressure mounts in school districts for higher graduation rates, more for-profit companies are cashing in by providing the classes.

The self-paced classes represent one of the fastest growing segments of the $2 billion digital learning market for elementary and secondary students. Forty-six states and the District of Columbia allow students to take classes, including credit recovery, online, says Susan Patrick, president of the Virginia-based International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNacol).

She estimates that at least 250,000 students are taking credit-recovery classes online.

Continued at: http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/general/2010-11-25-school-credit-recovery_N.htm?csp=34money&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsatodaycomMoney-TopStories+%28Money+-+Top+Stories%29

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