Date

12-2018

Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Health and Human Services

Major

Collaborate Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Katie Trujillo

Second Advisor

Andrea Ibessaine

Abstract

The purpose of this capstone is to determine the extent to which online credit recovery is effective at allowing students to regain missing credits at Greenfield High School (GHS). Recent studies show students do better in school when parents are involved. This helps students become motivated and engaged in being successful students. The counseling department at Greenfield High School lacks connection with students and parents. It is not the school's fault nor the staff trying to provide students with resources to help them gain a high school diploma. Unfortunately, Monterey County struggles with parent involvement for the fact that many parents are working long hours in the agriculture fields. There are approximately 134 sophomores who are at risk of not graduating high school for the reasons they lack motivation, are low income and lack parental support. Research has shown students who miss or fail academic courses are at greater risk of dropping out of school than their peers. The implementation of this project was to increase the effectiveness of credit recovery through a reminder application. The Odysseyware credit recovery system gives credit deficient students an opportunity to regain missing credits. This capstone focused on statistics showing whether or not credit recovery was helping students reach their long-term academic goal of graduating high school. Finally, the data helped the counseling department better understand the process to support students who are in pace of not graduating or prevent them from dropping out.

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