22. How much work equals a credit?
At NARHS, a credit is a year’s worth of work. There are two different kinds of credits:
1. Textbook credits are for studies done completely from a textbook. What exactly is a textbook? A textbook is a course guide that includes all the #1 reading, #2 exercises and #3 tests required for the course. Nothing else needs to be added. At the high school level, the publisher of a text will state whether the course is intended for half a year (.5 credit) or a complete year (1 full credit). There are many resources available that do not have all three components. Some may have questions to answer but no tests. Others might have no exercises or tests. These types of resources may be useful for study but cannot be regarded as textbooks.
The grade for a textbook course can be based on the average of all the tests, which must be taken closed book, or on the average of all the exercises, which can be taken open book. A closed book test should be supervised and graded by an adult. If a test is taken open-book, then it is regarded as an exercise.
2. Self-designed credits need hours logged in order to determine the amount of credit earned. Self-designed courses can utilize all types of resources to create studies or skill-building activities that lead to earning high school credit. Such self-created courses can include physical education, art, music, or even some of the core subjects, without relying on a textbook. Other resources can be used such as speakers, internet, manuals, tutors or supervisors, books that are not texts, community classes etc. There are three things that you must know about self-designed courses.
1. A course description must be written that tells the focus of the course and skills that will be learned in the course.
2. Hours must be logged of the time invested by the student in the study and development of skills.
3. A grade must be determined for the course.
The hours logged for self-designed courses determine the amount of credit earned:
20 or more hours = .25 credit
40 or more hours = .50 credit
60 or more hours = .75 credits
80 or more hours = 1.0 credit