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

Updated 05/15/2017

NOTE: As of 5/15/2017, MTDA has lifted the “contingency” designation for our summer program and enrollment and program offerings are final, as stated below. Please review our announcement here.

A notice to students and parents: This information is intended for distribution to public school 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 to the counseling department or administration of your local school to discuss what is available locally.

(Looking for original credit information? Please look here.)

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

Important Notes

  • Before June 1st, PLEASE be sure to fill out our program survey if you are delivering credit recovery program options in your local school this summer.  This will assist us in planning and also allow MTDA to direct summer inquiries from our teaching and support staff to the appropriate person during the summer.  That survey is here.
  • Summer does not lessen the requirement for local school support.  All assessments MUST be locally proctored to qualify for the delivery of credit, no exceptions.

Schedule

  • Enrollment begins: April  12th (please note; do not enroll students until a maximum of 48 hours before students start the course; inactive students are monitored and dropped from the program); live coach grading and support will not begin until June 12th)
  • Summer staffing begins: June 12th (before this day, assignments will only be graded overnight)
  • Enrollment ends: July 7th (open enrollment ends July 8th, after that day, contact support to discuss new enrollments)
  • Last day for Summer 2017: August 5th OR THE LAST DAY OF LOCAL SUPPORT
  • Late finish deadline (to account for illness or other personal situations): August 11th (no extensions available after this date for any circumstances)

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.  The orientation is open now.  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 and student registration.  That document is here: link.

Program Information

To facilitate forward progression of summer program students, MTDA will adapt our labor model to provide live coaching services during most of the school day.  Our teaching staff will work to turn around mastery assignments as quickly as possible in the order they are received.

At this point, our intention is to provide those services from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Course Availability

MTDA will offer a limited CR offering for the summer program, eliminating the very low or no enrollment courses from previous semesters.

English/Language Arts

  • English I A
  • English I B
  • English II A
  • English II B
  • English III A
  • English III B
  • English IV A
  • English IV B

Science

  • Earth Science A
  • Earth Science B
  • Biology A
  • Biology B

Social Studies

  • Geography A
  • Geography B
  • World History A
  • World History B
  • US History A
  • US History B
  • Government A
  • Government B

Mathematics

  • Pre-Algebra A
  • Pre-Algebra B
  • Algebra I A
  • Algebra I B
  • Geometry A
  • Geometry B
  • Algebra II A
  • Algebra II B

Health

  • Health (One Semester)

Program Planning Notes

  • Local program support required: As during the school year, it is a minimum requirement that students are delivered assessments in a school proctored environment.  Under no circumstances should students be given passwords to take assessments.  No exceptions will be granted to individual students or schools for this requirement.
  • Time Dedication: The summer program is the same format and curriculum as the school year, utilizing a mastery-based learning environment to provide a flexible but rigorous environment.  Based on statistics and analysis from Fall and Spring data, courses do take the typical student 50-60 hours to complete in the summer program and format, though we do have extremes in both directions.  Students that come to the program substantially challenged by reading or self-regulation may take much longer.  The course requirements are not negotiable.

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.

As previously announced in our academic calendar, the Summer 2017 High School Credit Recovery program ends on August 4, 2017. Please view the steps below for local support and/or site facilitators to help MTDA close out the semester.

First, 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 until August 11, 2017 our late finish deadline. The late finish deadline is designed to account for any circumstance that might have impacted performance in this the course this semester.  The August 11, 2017 deadline is the final deadline under any circumstances.

You must request the extension by filling out this form:

Summer 2017 Credit Recovery Extension Request

(This form will not be active until Friday, August 4, 2017 at 8 a.m.)

Note: All extension requests are granted. However, you must request the extension by August 8, 2017, at 5 pm. Otherwise, enrollments will be dropped. Again, this helps our staff focus on active enrollments in active programs.

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.

Please note that we will not contact students about this deadline or the extension, as each program is different in the summer.  We rely 100% on facilitators to connect with your students to discuss the end-of-session schedule.

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