Getting Back on Track, Comparing the Effects of Online and Face-to-Face Credit Recovery in Algebra 1

American Institute for Research | April 2016

In this study, the authors use a randomised sample of students taking Algebra I credit recovery courses online and face-to-face. Students in the online course were less likely to recover the credit (although two thirds were able to do so), reported less confidence in their math skills and had lower grades in the recovery course compared to students in the face-to-face option. Additionally, because the online version included in-school attendance and was provided by both an online teacher and an in-person mentor, it was actually more expensive than face-to-face education..