Sarasota County Schools Ignite Student Achievement with Apex Learning Digital Curriculum

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Students using Apex Learning digital curriculum perform as well or better on assessment scores and pass rates as students in traditional classroom settings

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Participants using Apex Learning courses for original credit and credit recovery achieve similar average scores and pass rates on three out of four End-of-Course assessments as students completing courses for original credit in traditional classroom settings.

Credit recovery programs are facing more scrutiny than ever before with questions about the rigor of the programs and the credits earned. Sarasota County Schools (SCS) in Florida is ensuring that its students are truly earning their credits with its Performance Based Diploma Program (PBD), an alternative education program for students at risk of dropping out of high school, including students who failed previous classes, lack credits needed to graduate or those who may be unprepared to learn in a traditional classroom environment. Partnering with Apex Learning, known for rigorous, standards-based digital curriculum proven to increase student achievement, SCS has increased achievement within the PBD program.

SCS uses Apex Learning courses as its core curriculum. PBD participants using Apex Learning courses for original credit and credit recovery achieve similar average scores and pass rates on three out of four End-of-Course assessments measuring Florida Standards, including Algebra I, Geometry and Biology, as students completing courses for original credit in traditional classroom settings. Additionally, students participating in the PBD program earned 71 percent of attempted credits needed for graduation, successfully completing over 4,000 Apex Learning courses with a passing grade.

PBD program administrators employ a feature of Apex Learning courses called mastery-based learning, requiring students to pass all assessments at 70 percent or above before progressing to the next unit of instruction. Teachers monitor student progress and work with students individually and in small groups to facilitate learning. Scaffolding helps make rigorous content more accessible to students by gradually building their knowledge while supports and interactive tools provide opt-in support at the time of need.

"Successful credit recovery is not just about course completions," said Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning. "It's about ensuring students are really ready for the next step, whether that's the next course, the next grade, college, or work."

To view the full efficacy study, visit: https://www.apexlearning.com/efficacy-studies/risk-student-performance-state-eoc-assessments-par-original-credit-student-year-3

About Apex Learning
Schools and districts nationwide implement Apex Learning digital curriculum to personalize the learning experience and support success for all students-from those who are struggling to those capable of accelerating. Proven to increase outcomes, Apex Learning digital curriculum actively engages students in learning, with embedded supports and scaffolds to meet the needs of diverse learners. During the most recent school year, there were more than 3.6 million enrollments in Apex Learning digital curriculum. Headquartered in Seattle, Apex Learning 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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