Credit Recovery

A very important initiative of the Student Success Strategy has been the implementation of Credit Recovery Programs across the Province. The additional opportunities for students to gain missed credits through an individualised Credit Recovery Program is an important part of Sir James Whitney Schools Student Success and has enabled many students to experience success in learning, feeling proud of their accomplishments.

Frequently Asked Questions
Which students can be considered for credit recovery?
Students who have within the last two years completed an Ontario Ministry of Education approved course and received a failing grade may be approved by the Credit Recovery Team to recover the course through the credit recovery process. Students may only recover the credit of the actual course failed which limits them to the same type, grade and level. For example, a student who fails MPMID can only recover MPMlD and is not eligible to recover MFM1P.  Students who withdraw from a course are not eligible to recover it through the credit recovery process.

What will appear on the Ontario Student Transcript (OST) for a student who Completes the credit recovery process?
Once a student has completed a course through credit recovery the common course code along with the student’s final mark for the recovered course will be recorded on the student’s OST.

In the case of students achieving Grades 9 and 10 credits through credit recovery only the highest mark achieved will appear on the Ontario Student Transcript (OST). For students pursuing Grades 11 and 12 credit(s) through credit recovery programs, the mark received each time the student attempts to achieve a credit must be recorded on the transcript as per OSS full disclosure policy, unless the student withdraws prior to the completion/submission of the culminating activity.

Can students withdraw from the Credit Recovery Program and what happens if this is done?
Students may be allowed to withdraw from the Credit Recovery Program up to the time they submit/complete the required culminating activity portion of the Program. Should the student withdraw prior to that time there will be no record of the attempt recorded on the transcript. Once the student has submitted/completed the culminating activity the final mark is to be recorded on the transcript.

Is it possible for a student to fail in a Credit Recovery program?
A student who does not meet the expectations outlined in the Credit Recovery Learning Plan may fail in his/her attempt to recover a credit. This failing grade is reported on the transcript for Grade 11 and 12 courses each time the student attempts a course unless the student withdraws prior to the completion or submission o the culminating activity.

Is it possible to offer credit recovery and the Learning Strategies course (GLE/GLS) in the same period with the same teacher?
Yes. In order to offer a credit for both courses all expectations of the Learning Strategies course must be delivered and evaluated in accordance with the policies set out in The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 to12: Program Planning and Assessment and in addition all expectations in the student’s Credit Recovery Learning Plan for the course being recovered must be delivered and evaluated.

Can a school require the student to have achieved a minimum mark in the original course in order to be considered for credit recovery?
No. The Credit Recovery Team determines a student’s admission to the Credit Recovery Program. The mark achieved in the original course is only one factor considered in determining admission. The course must have been failed within the last two years of the request for admission to a credit recovery program in order for the student to be Considered by the Credit Recovery Team.

Can a School predetermine a final grade for a student in the credit recovery program?
No. The final grade a student receives in the Credit Recovery Program is individually determined based upon achieved expectations in accordance with The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 to12: Program Planning and Assessment.

Thirty per cent (30%) of the grade will be based on a final evaluation in the form of an Examination, performance essay, and/or other method of evaluation suitable to the course content and administered towards the end of the course.

Seventy percent (70%) of the grade will be determined by one of the following:

  1. Solely upon the student’s performance in the Credit Recovery Program.
  2. The merging of previous evaluation provided by the Subject teacher with marks determined through evaluations conducted during the Credit Recovery Program. Where the Principal has determined that prior learning will be recognized toward credit recovery such achievement may also be merged with marks earned through credit recovery.

Can a school carry over the culminating activity portion of the grade from the original course failed?
No. This portion of the mark is determined by the credit recovery teacher.

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