School districts across the country are increasingly using online courses to expand credit recovery options for high school students who need to get back on track toward graduation, but the growing use of online credit recovery for high school students has considerably outpaced the research. In partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, AIR is working to provide evidence for practitioners and policymakers about how a promising use of online learning could help students recovery course credit and successfully progress toward graduation.
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30 Jun 2017
This research brief, the fifth from the Back on Track study, extends the analysis presented in the first brief to compare educational outcomes through the fourth year of high school for students who took an online credit recovery course and those who took a face-to-face credit recovery course.
30 Jun 2017
This research brief, the sixth from the Back on Track study, describes the course progression of students who failed Algebra I in ninth grade in the large urban school district where the study took place, to help determine the importance of Algebra I failure and recovery for student success in subsequent courses and, ultimately, high school graduation.
17 Feb 2017
What happens when students try to make up algebra credits virtually instead of in a classroom setting? In this infographic, we share the results from an AIR study, The Back on Track Study: Using Online Courses for Credit Recovery.
2 Feb 2017
Failing high school algebra can have serious consequences, and students are increasingly turning to online courses to recover algebra credits. What happens when students try to make up algebra credits virtually instead of in a classroom setting? In this blog post, Kirk Walters shares new findings from a study comparing course content and student outcomes for 1,200 Chicago Public School Students in credit recovery courses.
1 Feb 2017
To improve graduation rates, districts and schools need clear, evidence-based information about the impact of dropout prevention strategies. Check & Connect is a mentoring program designed to promote positive outcomes (including student engagement, progress and persistence, and school completion) through the provision of continuous, individualized student support. This research brief describes a longitudinal study of Check & Connect in a large, urban district in California.
1 Feb 2017
This research brief, the fourth from the Back on Track study, evaluates the content provided in online and face-to-face algebra credit recovery courses and reveals possible differences based on instructor preferences and district guidelines.
6 Nov 2016
Federal and local governments continue to invest billions of dollars each year in professional development for teachers. Until recently, there has been little rigorous evidence to inform the design and delivery of these programs. This brief outlines the key findings from three random assignment PD evaluation studies and proposes areas for further research.
Student attendance is a consistent and strong predictor of student success; absenteeism in even the early school years has been associated with significant long-term risks. Yet, chronic absenteeism remains a sizeable problem among elementary school aged students. AIR and our partners from the University of Chicago, the North Carolina State University, and 2M are evaluating the use of text messaging to inform parents about the importance of regular student attendance and to increase parent engagement to reduce student absenteeism in elementary schools.
28 Sep 2016
In an era of increasingly rigorous state standards, teachers at all grade levels face heightened expectations to deepen their students’ understanding of mathematical concepts. This report examines the impact of content-intensive professional development on teachers’ math content knowledge, their instructional practice, and their students’ achievement.