California’s Partial Credit Model Policy
Sixty percent of California’s foster youth drop out of high school. One major barrier to high school graduation is schools’ failure to issue partial credits to foster youth who transfer schools mid-semester, despite laws requiring them to do so.
In September 2013, the Child Welfare Council adopted a statewide Partial Credit Model Policy to provide guidance to school districts, county offices of education, and child welfare agencies on how to issue and accept partial credits. The Model Policy was created and endorsed by the California Department of Education, California Department of Social Services, California School Boards Association, the County Welfare Directors Association, several school districts, child welfare agencies and foster youth advocates.
The Partial Credit Model Policy Implementation Manual provides guidelines and tools to help school personnel and social workers issue partial credits including the partial credit calculation formula and frequently asked questions.
Schools can utilize the following tools:
- Student Withdrawal Report: to calculate partial credits prior to preparing a transcript
- Sending School Cover Letter: to forward the youth’s partial credits to their new school
- Receiving School Partial Credit Request Letter: to request a youth’s partial credits from their previous school