Hanover Research conducted a mixed-methods product implementation evaluation that explored Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (Mat-Su) experiences implementing and using Apex Learning products and services within the district-wide virtual and hybrid learning environments that resulted from the global pandemic between spring 2000 and fall 2021.
Mat-Su chose to expand its use of Apex in response to COVID-19 because the platform allowed extensive flexibility during hybrid instruction. Apex’s alignment with standards, product features, and accreditation and rigor strongly influenced the district’s decision to choose Apex. The Apex curriculum gave teachers at Mat-Su the ability to manage their scope and sequence more efficiently as students transitioned between in-person and virtual learning. Most teachers in the district were new to Apex, but the district’s extensive experience with the platform enabled quick implementation. Mat-Su staff felt the Apex platform helped them support their students despite the unique challenges caused by the pandemic.