New Brief Released on Effective Online Credit Recovery

Results for America
EdResearch for Recovery

Today, Results for America and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University released a new EdResearch for Recovery brief by Carolyn Heinrich (Vanderbilt University) sharing design principles for effective online credit recovery as a strategy to help student make up coursework missed during COVID-19.

Why It Matters: Schools have increasingly turned to online credit recovery to help students make up missed coursework. But research shows that even when students regain course credits, online credit recovery often leads to little substantive learning and negative long-term outcomes, including lower lifetime earnings. This brief provides specific, research-based principles for effective online credit recovery, including which students benefit most, how to group classes, and how to train instructors.