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Credit Recovery/Carnegie Unit Make-up Guidelines

As noted in the Uniform Grading Policy, credit recovery is defined as a course-specific, skill-based learning opportunity for students who have previously failed to master content or skills required to receive credit. The term "Credit Recovery" refers to a block of instruction that is less than the entirety of the course. Credit Recovery targets specific components or a subset of the standards to address deficiencies necessary for student proficiency in the overall course. As such, credit recovery is not intended to impact either positively or negatively a student’s GPA. Rather, it is intended to allow students an opportunity to master the content or skills they failed to master during the regular course. By successfully completing a credit recovery course, students will be awarded credit earned.

All students in the Beaufort County School District who are seeking credit recovery options and/or who intend to take classes for the purpose of earning credits toward graduation will be governed by the following guidelines:

Online credit recovery does not take the place of a teacher. A certified teacher in the content area must be assigned to monitor student progress, supplement computer-based instruction as needed and sign-off to verify that a student has met course requirements. Credit recovery classes are mastery-based; to earn a grade and subsequent credit, all work must be completed within one academic year. Credit recovery can be used to support students in recovering credit due to failing grades or excessive absences. Students must be referred to credit recovery by their teacher, school counselor, administrator or parent request. Credit recovery sessions may be offered during school, after school, evenings or Saturdays at the principal’s discretion. Saturday school requires an administrative fee of $50.00 for up to two credits recovered per semester.

Credit Recovery Program Criteria:

  • If students have a failing grade, less than 50, a principal’s recommendation is required.

  • If students failed a course due to excessive absences and received a grade of FA=50 (based on the uniform grading scale).

  • Students complete an application process that requires consent of parent or guardian.

  • A certified content teacher must develop a program of study designed to address skills and objectives not mastered and to supervise the course.

  • Credit Recovery courses taken during semester one or two must be completed within one academic school year.

  • Credit Recovery courses taken in a summer session must be completed by August 15 to count in the current academic year for seniors only. All other grade levels taking a credit recovery course in the summer may extend past August 15, but the course credit will be recorded in the next academic school year by the day of graduation to count during the spring graduation.

Grades (According to the Uniform Grading Policy):

For transcribing the final grade in a credit recovery course, the following procedures shall be followed:

1) The original failing grade will remain on the transcript as stored through the Permanently Stored Grades process. Do not edit any field for the stored grade information.

2) A new course starting with the appropriate activity code, grades scale designation, and unit marker will be added to the district course database and assigned to appropriate schools.

School personnel can enter the information for this Credit Recovery course into the district-level course database on an “as-needed basis.” For example, the course code for an Algebra 1 Credit Recovery “course” would appear as follows:

Activity Code: 4114CRCW
Course Title: Algebra 1 – CR

The CR course information must be entered in the district database as a credit recovery course at the school level.

NOTE: Using the CR characters in the 5th and 6th cells to create the credit recovery course code is important so that this is a unique entry for the course.

3) The term during which the student completes the coursework depends on the time frame available in the student’s course schedule per school or district policy.

NOTE: The credit recovery course information should be entered through the Historical Grades page ONLY in extenuating circumstances and then ONLY by the principal’s designee or the district-level Power School Coordinator/Administrator.

4) If a student passes the credit recovery course with a 60 or higher, the student will receive a grade of “P.”  (Grade Scale Additions: Passing and Audit to ensure two grades (P and AU) have been added to each of the four 10 Pt Grading Scales in your PS instance.)

5) If the student does not recover the credit by NOT earning a passing final score, the grade will be permanently stored as an attempted recovery. The student’s GPA will not be impacted since the course is “Excluded from GPA”; however, the course will be displayed on the student’s transcripts. 

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: A student wishing to modify his or her GPA shall repeat the full course for credit and not seek a credit recovery solution.

Credit Recovery Courses with EOCEPs

Students who are enrolled in courses requiring state end-of-course examinations must take the examinations and fulfill all requirements outlined in Regulation 43-262. Students will be allowed to take the examination only once, at the end of the regular course duration and not at the end of an extended period granted through the credit recovery option. (SDE Regulation 43 -262 )