Denver Public Schools Study Demonstrates Apex Learning Digital Curriculum Increases Student Achievement

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Students using Apex Learning digital curriculum performed better on state assessments and in subsequent courses.

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Students using Apex Learning digital curriculum demonstrated higher proficiency rates on state assessments in reading (11 percentage points) and math (7 percentage points).

The Denver Public Schools Department of Accountability, Research and Evaluation found that, compared to a control group, students using Apex Learning digital curriculum scored higher on state assessments, performed better in subsequent courses and were less likely to need remediation in college.    

In evaluations spanning school years 2009-2010 to 2013-2014, comparisons were made of students using Apex Learning digital curriculum and those engaged in traditional classroom instruction. Students using Apex Learning digital curriculum demonstrated higher proficiency rates on state assessments in reading (11 percentage points) and math (7 percentage points). In addition, students using Apex Learning digital curriculum were up to four times as likely to demonstrate success in subsequent courses as students engaged in traditional classroom instruction, thereby decreasing the likelihood of falling behind in credits needed to graduate.

The study shows that implementing Apex Learning digital curriculum also impacted district college readiness indictors. Students who used Apex Learning digital curriculum to complete courses for credit recovery were 60% less likely to need remedial coursework in college than students who completed courses for credit recovery in traditional classrooms.
Recently Denver Public Schools has shown the highest rate of student improvement of any major district in the state. Since 2009 the district has increased the graduation rate by 17 percentage points (from 46% to 63%), cut the dropout rate in half (from 7.4% to 4.5%) and increased high school student proficiency by four percentage points.

“Studies like this one conducted by Denver Public Schools confirm that Apex Learning digital curriculum has a positive impact on student achievement,” said Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning. “When implementing programs using Apex Learning digital curriculum to provide new learning opportunities for students, administrators can have confidence that they are using a curriculum that is proven to get results.”

About Apex Learning
Nearly two decades ago Apex Learning emerged as a leader in digital learning for secondary education, developing online Advanced Placement courses to provide students who would otherwise not have access the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses. Recognizing the challenges schools face in meeting the needs of every student — from those struggling to stay on track for graduation to those capable of accelerating their learning — the company continues to develop innovative, digital learning solutions to support teachers and provide every student with the opportunity to excel beyond his or her expectations.

Today Apex Learning offers a comprehensive catalog of rigorous, standards-based online courses that meet high school graduation requirements. Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses are used by schools nationwide for both initial credit and credit recovery. The company’s latest digital learning solution —Tutorials — are a key component of effective blended learning, providing classroom teachers with the critical resources they need to meet the needs of all students including preparation for high stakes assessments, targeted intervention and just-in-time remediation and enhanced instruction for all students.

Apex Learning, headquartered in Seattle, is accredited by AdvancED and its courses are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility. For more information, visit http://www.apexlearning.com or call 1.800.453.1454.

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