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At-Risk Student Performance on State EOC Assessments On Par with Original Credit Student Performance in Sarasota County Schools Year 2

May 09, 2017
Sarasota County Schools, FL
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What is the impact of Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses on credits earned for PBD participants?

During the 2014-2015 school year, 1,706 students participating in the Sarasota County Schools PBD program attempted 5,998 Apex Learning Comprehensive Course enrollments. Seventy-one percent of enrollments (4,227 out of 5,998) were completed by 1,226 students with a passing grade earning a total of 2,490 credits. The percent of credits earned for Courses attempted ranged from 63.3% to 81.0% by subject. Table 1 shows the number of enrollments completed and withdrawn, and number of credits attempted and earned by subject for students participating in the PBD program. Table 3 in the appendix shows Apex Learning Course usage characteristics for enrollments completed by PBD participants.Enrollments attempted, completed, and credits earned by subject

Do students in the PBD program completing Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses for original credit or credit recovery perform the same or better on EOC assessments as similar students completing courses for original credit in traditional classrooms?

PBD participants completing Apex Learning Courses for original credit and credit recovery achieved similar average scores as students completing courses for original credit in traditional classroom settings on the Algebra I, Biology, and Geometry EOC assessments (Figure 4). The average U.S. History EOC score for PBD participants completing Apex Learning Courses for original credit and credit recovery was lower than the average score of similar students completing coursework for original credit in traditional classroom environments (ES = -.38, p<.00).

Average EOC scale score by subject and Apex Learning use

Additionally, PBD participants completing Apex Learning Courses for original credit and credit recovery passed the Algebra I, Biology, and Geometry EOC assessments at similar rates as students completing courses for original credit in traditional classroom settings. Conversely, PBD participants passed the U.S. History EOC assessment at lower rates than students completing courses for initial credit in traditional classroom settings (OR=.23, p<.05). Table 9 located in the appendix shows the odds ratio for passing each EOC exam for students participating in the PBD program compared to similar students completing courses for original credit in traditional classrooms controlling for pretest ability, minority race/ethnicity, gender, learning disability, grade level, and school.

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