In support of Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson’s Acceleration Agenda and call for “graduation for all,” the Boston Public Schools launched a pilot Credit/Skills Recovery Program in the summer of 2008. The pilot targeted a population of young people—18 years and older— who were one to four courses short of graduation and sought to help them gain needed credits to graduate and build career and college success skills. An analysis conducted by BPS with the Parthenon Group had identified this group—youth who are “old and close to graduation”—as being at high risk of dropping out of high school. To reach this group, the district implemented the pilot with the intent of providing students with another opportunity to earn credits toward their diplomas, while also surfacing practices that could inform the design of a similar program to be expanded and offered during the regular school year.
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Grobe, Terry, Bedelia Nicola Richards, and Cheryl Almeida. Credit/Skills Recovery Pilot Project: Documentation Report for the Boston Public Schools. Report. October 29, 2013. https://www.jff.org/resources/creditskills-recovery-pilot-project-documentation-report-boston-public-schools/.