Apex Learning Included in the Initial Results of a Two-Part Study Conducted by SRI International on Algebra I Course Development

The study was made by possible by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Oct 10, 2013, 17:25 ET from Apex Learning

SEATTLE, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Apex Learning, the leading provider of blended and virtual learning solutions to the nation's schools, was included in the preliminary results of a new report issued by SRI International. The initial report, "Supporting K-12 Students in Online Learning: A Review of Online Algebra I Courses," focused on Algebra I course characteristics that are most likely to support student learning.

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The researchers were looking to understand the characteristics of online Algebra I courses available in the market and to inform future course development. The first report drew attention to the challenge of increasing accessibility of online courses to at-risk and struggling students.

"We are incredibly pleased to be included in this initial report to help education providers refine Algebra I course development, and we look forward to the results of the second phase of the study," said Cynthia Rogan, vice president of marketing for Apex Learning.

For the initial study, researchers focused on course characteristics that are most likely to support student learning. The report outlined factors that contribute to successful learning, including course content and organization, instructional strategies, media design and assessments.

Apex Learning will also be included in the next phase of SRI research, which will identify which features of online learning systems are associated with improved student outcomes. 

For a look at the initial study, visit: http://www.sri.com/work/projects/enhancing-student-success-online-learning

About Apex Learning
Nearly two decades ago Apex Learning emerged as a leader in digital learning for secondary education, developing online Advanced Placement courses to provide students who would otherwise not have access, the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses. Recognizing the challenges schools face in meeting the needs of every student - from those struggling to stay on track for graduation to those capable of accelerating their learning - the company continues to develop innovative, digital learning solutions to support teachers by providing every student with the opportunity to excel beyond expectations.

Today Apex Learning offers a comprehensive catalog of rigorous, standards-based online courses that meet high school graduation requirements. Apex Learning comprehensive courses are used by schools nationwide for both initial credit and credit recovery. The company's latest digital learning solution — Tutorials — are a key component of effective blended learning, providing classroom teachers with critical resources to ensure all students are prepared for success on high stakes assessments, provide targeted intervention and just-in-time remediation, and enhance instruction for all students. Apex Learning, headquartered in Seattle, is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and its courses are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility. For more information, visit www.apexlearning.com or call 1.800.453.1454.

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