The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law December 10, 2015. Since that date, districts and educators have been familiarizing themselves with the new legislation and what it will require to gain compliance before the 2017-2018 school year when ESSA takes effect.
Implementing effective digital curriculum provides an option for schools and districts to achieve the core objectives outlined in the ESSA legislation while also meeting the individual needs of every student:
- Effective digital curriculum supports learners of varying academic readiness.
ESSA is committed to providing all students—from those struggling with grade-level content to accelerated learners—with equal opportunity for deeper learning and better outcomes. The key benefit of effective digital curriculum is that it allows educators to meet students where they are academically and prescribe a learning pathway to help them achieve academic goals. Digital curriculum can offer personalization that’s not possible in a traditional classroom setting, and it offers active, engaging instruction that keeps students motivated to learn. It also can provide formative feedback that offers students a snapshot of where they are on their academic journey to motivate them to take ownership of their learning.
- Digital curriculum personalizes learning.
ESSA and today’s students are demanding personalized learning, and districts are prioritizing it. Teachers have the flexibility to personalize the learning experience for students who may need additional support and provide an opportunity for those who are accelerating quickly to work ahead, right alongside their peers and within the classroom. Beginning with a strong implementation strategy, quality digital curriculum that supports a variety of proficiency levels, aptitudes and backgrounds, allows all students to achieve to their full potential. Under ESSA, and as more teachers seek out opportunities to support the varied needs and learning styles of their students, we will continue to see personalized learning take hold within the classroom.
- Digital curriculum expands educational opportunities and improves student outcomes.
The trend toward increased use of technology and personalized learning continues due to the need to accelerate and deepen learning for all students under ESSA. A rigorous digital curriculum that expands options to students with varied learner styles can lead to increased graduation rates, decreased dropout rates, improved exam scores, and improved college and work readiness.
- Digital curriculum prepares students for life after high school.
ESSA was established to fully prepare all students for success in college and their careers. However, diplomas aren’t always proof that students are really ready for the next step. By providing students with more opportunities for learning, educators give them a greater chance to confidently and successfully navigate transitions and challenges in their futures. Rigorous, standards-based digital curriculum can prepare all students for the next level of learning through the development of key readiness skills: critical thinking, self-directed learning and a growth mindset—to name a few.
- Digital curriculum provides reporting and accountability.
Increased accountability and a data-driven approach is a priority under ESSA, making these two factors a continued focus for today’s educational leaders. Effective digital curriculum combines student performance data with industry-leading reporting tools that enable students to be self-directed learners and empower educators to provide individualized learning. A quality curriculum, powered by access to technology, ensures districts have the insight they need to drive quantifiable student results.
- Digital curriculum can be standards-based.
With the passage of ESSA, Standards have officially shifted to states and districts. Effective digital curriculum that is developed specifically for standards, not just aligned to them, is critical to achieving increased student learning.
Digital curriculum continues to expand access to quality education, making it possible for classroom teachers to meet each student where he or she is and offer personalized learning based on individual student needs. The result is higher achievement for all students
Apex Learning provides effective digital curriculum to support districts in achieving the new ESSA guidelines. We put rigorous, standard-based curriculum within reach for all students—from those struggling to those capable of acceleration—so they are prepared for the next course and the next stage in their education, career and life. More learning happens with Apex Learning because students are actively involved in their learning. A variety of supports and learning activities engage students in developing a deeper understanding of the content. The result: more engaged and motivated students, which leads to improved academic outcomes.