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Credit Recovery Initiative

JP Morgan Chase LogoThis grant was awarded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to develop an alternative way of teaching algebra and geometry through a partnership among Roosevelt and Loyola Universities and the Chicago Public Schools. The project compared teaching techniques in algebra and geometry in the CPS summer recovery program. In addition, the initiative provided a successful professional development delivery model that will ultimately impact how credit-recovery programs are designed so that fewer students will fail and need remedial work. By providing professional development, coaching and classroom supports to math instructors teaching current high school recovery classes, the overall goal of this grant project is to realize improved performance of students in subsequent courses.

Teacher professional development was provided by Roosevelt faculty to help them deliver more effective instruction in both Dunbar and Hyde Park High Schools in Chicago. Project faculty modeled classroom techniques and provided coaching support for credit recovery teachers and students during sessions held from mid-June through July 2010. Approximately 80 underserved CPS students were taught in the program and their success will be compared to students taking general summer recovery classes at a control school. Pre- and post-tests during the summer 2010 were administered for short-term data gathering and long-range analysis. The analysis will be conducted by looking at the following year’s student achievement data for both the control and experimental groups.