Apex Learning partnered with a third-party evaluator to examine the impact of Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses on the academic achievement of at-risk and dropout recovery students at the Ohio Life Skills Centers.
Results show that Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses are effective in increasing the learning gains of at-risk and dropout recovery students on state end-of-course subject assessments.
Researchers examined the relationship between using Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses and student performance on state end-of-course math, science, and English language arts assessments. The first analysis compared levels of end-of-course achievement with the amount of time that students had spent completing the courses. The second analysis compared students’ end-of-course achievement with their percent correct scores on the assessments embedded in Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses.
The average (median) student using Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses gained 21 percentile points on end-of-course assessments in English language arts, math, and science. Both the amount of time students spent engaged in learning and the percent correct scores on Apex Learning embedded assessments contributed to percentile point gains in end-of-course assessments. How well a student performs in Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses positively affects end-of-course exam scores.
Graph 5 shows that higher percent correct scores on Apex Learning embedded assessments are associated with higher percentile point gains on end-of-course assessments. For each 4.9 percent correct on embedded assessments, students achieved a one percentile point gain on end-of-course assessments. Students in the first quartile, the lowest-performing students, scored an average of 85.6 percent correct on the embedded assessments, which correlates with a 17 percentile point gain on their end-of-course exams. The average score on embedded assessments for students in the third quartile, the highest-performing students, was 90.6 and correlates with an 18 percentile point gain on end-of-course assessments.
Graph 6 shows how increased time spent completing Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses also contributes to higher percentile point gains on end-of-course assessments. The average time usage for students in the first quartile was 22.9 hours and accounted for a 1.2 percentile point gain on end-of-course assessments. In contrast, students in the third quartile spent an average of 81.4 hours and achieved a 4.4 percentile point gain on end-of-course assessments.