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Fall 2017 High School Credit Recovery Briefing
for
Counselors, Administrators and Site Facilitators

Are you new to the MTDA credit recovery program or have you not utilized credit recovery in more than a year?  Please contact our support desk to schedule a call to talk about the format and the requirements for support for local schools!

Notice to students and parents: This information is intended for distribution through districts and may contain details that do not apply to your local district’s program.  If you are interested in enrolling in courses with Montana Digital Academy, your first contact should be with the counseling department or administration of your local school to discuss what is available locally.

As announced earlier this year, MTDA will be making changes to this program based on available resources.  Please review this document carefully before enrolling students in the credit recovery program.

Fall 2017 High School Credit Recovery program details are listed below.

Note: This information is accurate at the time of publication.  We will keep this page up to date with changes and announcements as necessary.

Program Details

Schedule

  • Please download a copy of our academic calendars now!  Click HERE.
  • Open enrollment for credit recovery orientation opens on August 28, 2017.  Content classes are available to enroll on that day as well, however, academic coaching services will not begin until September 5, 2017.
  • Deadline for Fall Enrollment: November 10, 2017 (students enrolled before this date will be expected to complete before the end of the Fall semester; after this day, all enrollments become Spring 2018 enrollments.)
  • Last day for Fall semester: January 19, 2018
  • End of Extended Fall Semester (extended semester available by application only): February 9, 2018 (no extensions available after this date, no exceptions)

Orientation

  • All students new to the MTDA credit recovery program must complete the mandatory Orientation program.  The program is called “Credit Recovery Orientation” in GeniusSIS and must receive a “pass” to be able to enroll in content specific programs.  Once a student takes and completes the orientation, they do not need to complete it again.
  • The orientation program is approximately 2-3 hours of engagement time, dependent on student skill, reading level and motivation.  Students that do not complete orientation in a reasonable amount of time should be considered high need enrollments and provided additional direct support locally.

Registration

  • Please review our student registration page in the Site Facilitator handbook for information on data collection, entrance counseling, and student registration.  That page is here: link.

Program Information

  • Our course list for 2017-2018 is here: LINK.

Program Changes and Updates

  • MTDA’s resource limits demand that we more aggressively enforce our enrollment limitation policies for students that show a pattern of unsuccessful credit recovery courses.  Please contact MTDA support if you run into an enrollment restriction so we can discuss your plan for student success with students in this situation.

Online Training Available to Facilitators and Local Support Staff

In preparation for the upcoming semester, MTDA has created two self-paced orientation workshops to help Site Facilitators and Local Support staff understand their role and expectations in this program. We have partnered with OPI’s online learning network, The Learning Hub, to provide this training as well as the opportunity to receive renewal credit. To get started, navigate to the website HERE.  Choose either the Site Facilitator or Local Support Orientation.

End of Semester Information and Procedures

Please review this information carefully as our process has changed to facilitate focusing on active credit recovery students at the end of the semester.

The Fall 2017 High School Credit Recovery program ends on January 19, 2018. Please view the steps below for local support and/or site facilitators to help MTDA close out the semester.

First, we need your help.  If you have any student enrolled in a credit recovery course that is no longer attending school, inactive, or otherwise not going to finish up, please put in a drop request for those students as soon as possible. This action helps the MTDA staff focus our attention on students that are active and attempting to finish up the course.

Second, if you have a student that is active and needs extra time to complete the course, you may request an extension on January 22, 2018.  The extension request is due to us on January 24, 2018.  The extension will give students to February 9, 2018, at 4pm to complete the course.

The extension request form is available here.

Note: All extension requests are granted. However, you must request the extension by January 24, 2018, at 5 pm. Otherwise, enrollments will be dropped. Again, this helps our staff focus on active enrollments in active programs only.

Third, please note that a student must complete the entire course to qualify for credit. MTDA teachers or support staff are not able to excuse assignments due to pending deadlines.

The February 9, 2018 deadline is absolutely final.  No further extensions are available.  The extension after the deadline is designed to provide flexibility for all special circumstances.  The extension is not designed for students that are far short of completion, but, rather, to give some flexibility to cover any something that might have come up throughout the semester.  If a student is more than a module away from completion, you should not rely on the extension for the student to finish.

If you have any questions, we welcome connecting with you via our support desk, support@montanadigitalacademy.org.

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