Case Study

Student Achievement Increases After Switch to Apex Learning

Early County Schools, GA

Challenge

Four years ago, Early County School System in Blakely, Georgia, was using a digital curriculum provider that primarily relied on prerecorded video lectures to replicate the traditional classroom model. This approach did not resonate with students and was not producing the outcomes the district needed.

Goal

  • Partner with a new digital curriculum provider that delivers an active pedagogical approach in which students learn by doing.
  • Implement a digital curriculum program that is rigorous enough to not only keep students on track to graduate, but also ensure they are mastering grade-level concepts, filling in learning gaps, and preparing for what comes next, whether that’s the next course, graduation, or a career.

Solution

In 2014, Early County Schools switched to Apex Learning to offer both credit recovery and original credit for summer school and at the district’s alternative school, in addition to French and Spanish courses to support limited teacher availability.

Results

  • Now that students are using Apex Learning curriculum, they actively participate in their learning.
  • Students remain engaged, stay on schedule, and achieve at higher levels.
  • Students now have the opportunity to take a lab with Earth Science class. Prior to partnering with Apex Learning, this was not an option.
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Learn by Watching Just Didn’t Click

Despite their best efforts, students struggled to learn and stay engaged with video lectures from the previous digital curriculum provider. They were not expected to do much more than watch and click.

Apex Learning's active learning instructional design enables students to learn by doing rather than by passively watching and reading. Support is provided the moment students need it so they stay engaged and motivated. Rather than being told what they should know, students are prompted to interact with the content and build their own knowledge.

Jennifer Brown, Curriculum Director, says, “With Apex Learning, they have the opportunity to learn in several different ways to ensure they master the material, and that’s what keeps them engaged. The curriculum options are a powerful part of the program. Students can work at their own pace, and the rigor of the assignments holds them more accountable.”

 

 

“We switched to Apex Learning because our students were bored with our previous curriculum provider where they had to
passively sit and watch a teacher giving a lecture.”

 

Jennifer Brown, EdD

Curriculum Director,

Early County Schools

99% Course Completion

 

District Profile

  • 2,052 students
  • 3 schools
  • Graduation rate 89.4%

Success by the Numbers:        School Years 2014-2018

  • 1,779 student enrollments
  • 852 course completions
  • Average quality of work for completions: 81%
  • Passing rate for completions: 99%

Student Demographics:

  • Black: 70%
  • White: 24%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 3%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Special education: 12%
  • Free and reduced price meals: 12%
GA map with Early County