The goal of all high schools is to get each student to graduation, prepared for college and career. The journey to this point varies widely for students, and many require credit recovery to complete graduation requirements. Managing a credit recovery program using digital curriculum can be a challenging task. It requires careful planning, organization, and support for students who are struggling to catch up. Here are some helpful tips to maximize high school credit recovery and ensure the success of your students.

Provide personalized feedback

One of the most important factors in credit recovery is providing personalized feedback to every student. Students who are participating in credit recovery often need extra support and guidance, and personalized feedback can provide them with the encouragement and direction they need to succeed. By providing feedback that is tailored to each student’s individual needs, teachers can help them to understand their strengths and weaknesses and provide them with the support they need to improve their performance.


Staffing a credit recovery program with subject matter experts can be difficult. You may have a humanities teacher willing to support students that might not have a background in Pre-calculus or Physics, for example. At Subject we believe in the power of personalized feedback, and that’s why our approach to credit recovery includes a course facilitator – a highly-qualified teacher who provides individualized feedback on authentic assignments for every student. This is included with every Subject course – no need to hire an additional teacher. Our course facilitators help students understand their progress, identify areas where they need to improve, and provide them with the resources and support they need to succeed.
Personalized Feedback
>> Personalized feedback helps students academically and also gives students a boost of self-confidence.

Offer supportive resources

Another important factor in maximizing high school credit recovery is offering supportive resources. Students who are struggling to catch up often need additional resources to help them succeed. That’s why it’s important to offer resources such as study guides, tutoring, and online learning tools to help them stay on track. Remember to follow up with students on these supports. Check in regularly to see if a given support is helpful, and continue to encourage students to try new strategies until they find the tools that best support their goals.

Track progress

It’s important to keep track of students’ progress throughout the credit recovery process. This can help identify areas where students are struggling and provide additional support where needed. By tracking progress, teachers and administrators can also celebrate the successes of students and motivate them to continue working hard.
A digital curriculum can make progress monitoring easier by providing a steady stream of quantitative data that might include assignment or quiz scores. For a more holistic view of a student’s progress, be sure to find opportunities to collect qualitative data. This might come from weekly check-ins or open-ended surveys. A curriculum that includes more authentic assignments, like those designed by Subject, ensures that teachers are able to see how students apply their learning when challenged at a deeper depth of knowledge, providing an opportunity for greater personalization.
Sharing Success
>> Consider giving students an opportunity to share their own successes and shout out others.

Foster a positive learning environment

Finally, it’s important to foster a positive learning environment for students who are participating in credit recovery. This can be done by creating a supportive classroom culture, offering positive reinforcement, and recognizing students for their hard work and achievements. Consider developing rituals that acknowledge productive learning behaviors, such as a bulletin board that celebrates students who demonstrate grit and perseverance in their students. Include students in the process by having them note their own successes and provide a space to share this with others. By fostering a positive learning environment, students are more likely to stay engaged and motivated throughout the credit recovery process.

In conclusion, maximizing high school credit recovery requires a combination of personalized feedback, supportive resources, progress tracking, and a positive learning environment. By implementing these tips, teachers and administrators can help students who are struggling to catch up and ensure their success in high school and beyond. Let’s work together to help them reach their full potential and achieve success in their academic careers!
Aaron Griffith-VanderYacht

Aaron Griffith-VanderYacht

Aaron is a passionate educator and creator. He began his career in education as a special education teacher in inner-city schools in St. Louis and New York City, and is a Teach For America alumnus. He has spent over 10 years in the EdTech industry helping build innovative and impactful digital learning solutions.