ESSA Level: moderate

Apex Learning Courses and MAP Growth

June 30, 2020
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, AK

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (Mat-Su) uses Apex Learning digital curriculum to extend opportunities for students to complete high school courses for original credit and credit recovery.

This study examines the relationship between Apex Learning ELA and math Courses use and spring performance on the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Growth tests for students enrolled in grade levels 9 and 10.

Students completing Apex Courses performed as well as or better than students participating in traditional classroom instruction on the spring administration of MAP Growth tests.

  • On the Language test, the average RIT score for Courses users was 2.78 points greater than the scores of comparable non-users (p=.04). The effect size difference is equivalent to a 19-percentile point gain (d=.50).
  • On the Math 6+ test, Courses users achieved similar scores as comparable non-users (p=.32)
Average Spring RTI Score by MAP Growth Test