Blended Learning Success Stories
The "one-size-fits-all" practices that defined yesterday's thinking have given way to new opportunities in both curriculum and instruction. The locations where students access online content, the degree to which they control their pace, and the amount of in-person instruction with teachers vary depending on the needs of each program. As the results below show, blended learning programs using Apex Learning digital curriculum are resulting in increased student outcomes.
Beaverton Public Schools, OR
District Targets High School Readiness with Digital Curriculum
Since the district implemented Tutorials, Beaverton students are visibly taking responsibility for their own learning, gaining confidence, and achieving at higher levels. "Tutorials capture our students' interest," says Ottum. "Students have even asked if they could use them at home on their own time. Think about that: a student asking permission to study more from home!"
Darlington County School District, SC
Middle School Students Pass Algebra I EOC One Year Early
By using Apex Learning Tutorials in the classroom and as homework to enable rapid content mastery, promote self-directed study, and provide real-time data to inform instruction, 100% of 8th graders taking the Algebra I EOC passed. As a result, students are allowed to enter high school at a 10th-grade math level.
Hartford Public Schools, CT
Maximizing Teacher Impact with Blended Learning
For teachers, an important paradigm shift takes place as they transform their role from lecturers to academic coaches with the ability to provide informed one-on-one, small group, and full classroom instruction. For Hartford Public Schools, the results are clear. Where students previously chose to drop out, students now overwhelmingly choose their individual paths to success.
Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, IN
1:1 Initiative to Improve Student Learning
A recipient of a Race to the Top grant, the district sought to redefine its traditional educational paradigms through a district-wide 1:1 initiative. Technology alone would not be enough to realize the desired results. Seeking effective digital curriculum designed to address a wide range of student needs, the district partnered with Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses for original credit and credit recovery, and Tutorials for targeted instruction.
Temecula Valley Unified School District, CA
Digital Curriculum Increases Rigor in Summer School Program
Students found Apex Learning digital curriculum to be noticeably more rigorous, but they overwhelmingly rose to the challenge. All non-graduating seniors who participated in the program earned the credits necessary to receive their diplomas. Each of the summer school students completed and passed at least one course.
East Greenbush Central School District, NY
Switch to Apex Learning Helps Increase Graduation Rate
Columbia High School, the single high school in the East Greenbush Central School District, increased its graduation rate to 94 percent — a 6 percentage point increase over the previous rate of 88 percent. District leaders attribute the jump to Operation Graduation, the district's dropout intervention program, which included the use of Apex Learning digital curriculum in a blended credit recovery program.
Cherokee County School District, GA
Students Back on Track Academically with Digital Curriculum
Cherokee County School District high schools are gaining a better understanding of how to connect with these students. The district, Georgia's eighth largest in a community 40 miles north of Atlanta, has implemented new programs across its eight high schools, relying on modern, relevant digital curriculum to grab and hold student attention. For the 2012—2013 school year, the district graduation rate increased 5.4 percentage points over the prior year.
St. Mary's County Public Schools, MD
Blended Learning Helps District Increase Graduation Rate
Great Mills High School increased its four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate by 6 percentage points in one year, from 76 percent in 2011 to 82 percent in 2012. Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano attributed much of the increase to the use of Apex Learning online courses in a blended learning model.