Credit Recovery programs implemented in North Carolina high schools give students who have failed a course the opportunity to retake the class with guided, online instruction. However, grades are “pass or fail” within this system and do not change a student’s grade point average (GPA), leaving them with few options to increase their chances to attend a four-year university after graduation.
There is no state-wide universal GPA requirement in North Carolina for students to graduate high school, therefore seemingly successful graduation rates are not indicative of the quality of student learning outcomes or preparation for college and career.
Most colleges in North Carolina require a minimum 2.5 GPA for admission. Without the right support, students in need of additional academic guidance will be left without the necessary tools to succeed after high school graduation.
Our Turn is advocating for a uniform system of credit recovery across North Carolina public schools, transparent and accessible information for students and parents as they make decisions about credit recovery, and a minimum GPA or CTE (career technical education certification) requirement that aligns with expectations for future university applicants. You can help us get the word out about closing this equity gap.
Sign the Petition for Uniform Credit Recovery
Signing this online petition will support the grassroots movement to increase transparency around credit recovery programs and institute a GPA requirement in North Carolina high schools, creating a model for other states to follow.
“Credit recovery does not prepare students for mastery of content, much less for life.”
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