SUMMER SCHOOL PASSING RATE CLIMBS
Costs for summer school nearly doubled this year after Guilford County Schools returned to using face-to-face instruction for struggling high school students.Data show the district spent $473,350 on the program this year, compared to about $248,000 in 2011.But the increased costs were worth it, said the person who oversees the program. Changes to the program contributed to an 80 percent passage rate for credit-recovery courses."You live; you learn," said Steve McGrath, the district's director of high school curriculum. "You have to constantly evaluate what worked and didn't work and improve upon it."Last year, Guilford County Schools eliminated face-to-face instruction and required most students who needed summer school to take online courses from home. That step saved the district about $190,000, but passing rates on credit-recovery courses dropped to below 50 percent.