By Adrianna Clinton
Does a packet equate to completing a high school course?
Among the many options for kids grades 5-12 who fail their classes is the Keystone Credit Recovery program; essentially one may complete a series of assignments in the course they failed to receive the credit.
The program was originally established in 1974 by a group of teachers, counselors, and principals. It is affiliated with the accredited Keystone School that is a part of K-12, a similar online program designed to assist those in need of taking credits. The program offers online coursework in addition to the correspondence courses that are essentially packets.
The standard at which to measure the students’ proficiency in the material as demonstrated in the completed work is entirely determined by the school, according to a student service representative at the Keystone School. However, the grade that is received of the packet is what essentially is placed on a high school transcript given the student passes their schools’ standard.
The Keystone Credit Recovery program is not necessarily popular among Red Lion students because as we move forward a sa school, we are finding more kids passing classes, according to Principal Mark Shue. However it is still used across the country as an option for those who fail to master the content the first time.
The packet does not necessarily contain the material of the course curriculum the student failed, even though it still shares the name of the course that was originally failed.
Anyone can do the packet but they first must pay the $116 fee and sign a contract that states they will complete the work by a certain day. According to Keystone Credit Recovery program, reasons for being enrolled in the program include “lack of effort and excessive absence.”
With that being said, literally anyone can complete the assignments. While the standard policy of Keystone is to immediately fail students suspected of not doing their own work, it is not unreasonably difficult for students to receive help for the assignments.
Here at Red Lion, completing the packet is simply not enough for students to receive the credit. One must also take the final of the course they failed and pass it in addition to passing the Keystone packet.
“If the student cannot pass the final, then they still haven’t mastered the content...I want to make sure kids go through our curriculum in accordance with Red Lion standards,” Mr. Shue said.
While this option is available to all, it is hard to trust its legitimacy because anyone can complete the required work.
However, Mr. Shue believes that the best option is to pass the class the first time, and if necessary take it again a second time.
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