Winner! Best Educational Software for Middle School (BESSIE Award)

April 25, 2016
Bessie Award

The ComputED Gazette has announced the winners of its 22nd Annual Best Educational Software Awards. The Awards target innovative and content-rich programs (including apps for iPad and Android) and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Some selection criteria are academic content, technical merit, subject approach, and management system. Winners are selected from titles submitted by publishers worldwide.

Apex Learning Middle School Tutorials are designed specifically for state standards and the Common Core State Standards for Grades 6, 7, and 8. Tutorials provide classroom teachers with key instructional resources to help meet the needs of every student. With an interactive app-like design to engage today's tech-savvy students, Tutorials are a key component of effective blended learning. Inspired by the very real challenges that teachers face in their classrooms every day, Middle School Tutorials in math and English language arts offer direct instruction, meaningful practice, and formative assessment with content developed specifically for the latest middle-school standards.

For many at-risk students, failure to keep up in ninth-grade courses may lead to dropping out of high school. Districts are partnering with Apex Learning to support the transition to high school with remediation for students in middle school, summer bridge programs between eighth and ninth grades, and ninth-grade programs to boost skills and put students on the path to graduation. Learn how Apex Learning partnered with Beaverton School District to improve student performance and spark motivation.

"Tutorials capture our middle school students' interest. 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!"

- Paul Ottum, Director of Online Education, Beaverton School District, Oregon

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