Efficacy Study

A Study of the Impact of Apex Learning Digital Curriculum in St. Mary’s County Public Schools

St. Mary’s County Public Schools, MD
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Has the graduation rate improved since adopting Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses for credit recovery?

Since adopting Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses for use in the credit recovery program, the SMCPS graduation and dropout rates improved significantly, by 11.5 and 7.9 percentage points respectively. Figure 2 shows the four-year cohort graduation and dropout rates from the year prior to adopting Apex Learning Courses (2010) through 2015.

St. Mary's Graduation/Dropout Rates

Is there a relationship between Tutorials use and achievement on PARCC ELA 10 end-of-course exams?

English 10 Tutorials use was positively correlated with PARCC ELA 10 end-of-course achievement (F(6,104)=64.84, p<.00, R2=.78). Specifically, increased number of posttests completed, quality of work, and total time spent using Tutorials was associated with higher end-of-course scores (Table 6, appendix).

Figure 3 illustrates the influence Tutorials use had on PARCC achievement for this sample of students controlling for prior ability and demographic characteristics.

Relationship between Tutorials and PARCC ELA 10

Do students using Apex Learning Tutorials perform the same or better on the PARCC ELA 10 end-of-course assessment as students with similar demographic characteristics not using Apex Learning digital curriculum?

The average achievement of students using Apex Learning Tutorials on the PARCC ELA 10 end-of-course assessment was similar to the average achievement of a comparison group of students not using Apex Learning digital curriculum (Table 7, appendix). The difference between the average achievement of Tutorial users and the comparison group is not statistically significant (ES -.11, p=.20)controlling for prior ability and demographic characteristics.