In one Florida school district, about 38% of secondary-school students participated last year in a grade-recovery program that allowed them to bring up D or F grades by completing a computer-based program and occasionally other assignments. Some educators question whether the program devalues teachers and gives students an incentive to slack off in class. Others, however, contend the practice helps keep students on track for graduation and helps to lower the drop-out rate of students who are struggling.

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