Ernest Righetti High School Recognized for Credit Recovery and Preparation


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Ernest Righetti High School Recognized for Credit Recovery and Preparation

School Recognized for Outstanding Achievements Applying Edmentum Solutions in Tough Economic Times

Ernest Righetti High School will be presented the Rock Star School Award on June 24, 2015, by Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions. The school uses Edmentum’s Plato Courseware and Edmentum Assessments to help students graduate who are profoundly behind in their credits as well as to prepare struggling students for state exams. 

After a history of streamlining its credit recovery, the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District gave responsibility back to individual schools in 2009. Righetti High School was tasked with coming up with a creative and effective solution to increase its graduation rate, while working within a budget that was drastically sliced in the economic downturn. 

The school created On-Track Credit Recovery (OTCR) as the first option for students falling behind and utilized Plato Courseware as the web-based solution to help students earn credits in core and certain required elective classes.  Additionally, the school adopted Edmentum Assessments to guide instruction of its test-prep classes. 

“We needed a program that helped students make up failed credits and increase the graduation rate while keeping them at their home school,” described intervention lab specialist Cindy Merlo. “We created On-Track Credit Recovery as an after-school program using modified Plato Courseware.”

Six years after the initial implementation, Righetti High School’s overall graduation rate now surpasses the district average by almost 10 points. “Over the course of the last five years, we’ve had a total of 416 seniors enrolled in the program; 407 of those students have since graduated, giving the program as a whole a graduation rate of 98 percent,” said Merlo. 

Edmentum’s Rock Star School program recognizes outstanding schools for their inventive and effective uses of Edmentum learning solutions. The Rock Star School Award presentation will occur at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time on June 24, 2015, at Ernest Righetti High School: 941 E. Foster Road, Santa Maria, CA 93455. For more details on the success at Righetti High School, read the success story on our website.

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