"Life-Changing" Online Credit Recovery and Remediation

Contributor: 
Amanda Cunningham
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 9:45am

The Success

After creating a partnership with Fuel Education and utilizing our Anywhere Learning System (ALS), Walker County Public Schools saw a dramatic transformation within their schools. 

Since ALS was first implemented:

  • Walker County’s graduation rate has risen 14 percentage points to 87 percent for the 2013–2014 school year.
  • The dropout rate—once nearly double the state average—has fallen below the state average to only 3 percent.
  • There have been significant, positive rises in attendance, grades, and the numbers of students being promoted to the next grade level.

Connie Shubert, Walker County Public School System’s director of federal programs says, “For some of our students, this has been a life-changing experience. Some of them would not have been able to finish high school, and now they have a diploma and a chance at employment and a better life.”

The Beginning

A few years ago, an Alabama top education official challenged the state’s school districts to implement innovative ideas to give new life to Alabama’s educational system. Walker County heard this challenge and began to look for invigorating new methods to help their students be more successful.

The problem was that the district, which serves about 7,800 students in a county of 65,000 residents, had multiple battles to fight.

  • The dropout rate, at 14 percent, was almost twice the state average
  • Large truancy and attendance issues
  • A graduation rate of only 73 percent for the 2010–2011 school year, failing to meet expectations
  • More than 65 percent of district students were eligible for free and reduced lunches

How did Walker County overcome these challenges and achieve such great success?

Walker County Public Schools implemented ALS essentially everywhere across the district as its go-to blended learning solution, training all of its 500+ teachers and staff to use it effectively.

 They use it in:

  • An alternative program
  • Full-credit courses
  • Credit recovery classes
  • Grade repair initiatives

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