This summer saw the launch of the flex credit option, a highly-anticipated program for students to complete high school course requirements in multiple ways, including regular enrollment in the course, testing out through an exam or completing an “educational option.”
Such options were met with elation by many students, who declared their intent to test out of a class so they could get a year ahead in their studies, such as fulfilling their Public Speaking requirement over the summer, or testing out of a basic math course in order to move into the next level in the upcoming school term.
Though in theory flex credit is an incredibly innovative educational resource, it came to the high school this year with multiple flaws. Most prominently, a lack of information made it difficult for students to know what to study. Although some classes had materials posted online, many students were unaware of such resources. Additionally, some students found it difficult to contact teachers and administrators with questions.
Further, no flex credit tests should ask students to achieve tasks they wouldn’t need to complete if they took the actual course. The fitness test required of Physical Education test-takers was far more rigorous than what would be asked of a student after taking Walking For Fitness, or even the standard P.E. class.
Such issues need to be resolved if flex credit is ever to reach its educational potential.