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Apex Learning Tutorials Empower Teachers, Boost Student Achievement at Round Rock Independent School District

SEATTLE, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Round Rock Independent School District in Texas was looking for a solution to empower teachers with the data they needed to provide students with relevant and timely remediation to boost student achievement.  The district partnered with Apex Learning, the leading provider of blended and virtual learning solutions to the nation's schools, to implement Tutorials in six high schools and four middle schools as a component of its math and English language arts remediation program.

With a highly diverse student population, in terms of both academic readiness and English language proficiency, the district sought a flexible solution that would meet a wide range of student learning needs while providing the immediate intervention many students needed to successfully pass the end-of-course assessments.

"The Apex Learning Tutorials were really a small miracle for our teachers," said Daniel Gerds, a math teacher at Cedar Ridge High School.  "Since we implemented Tutorials, we have cut down on the amount of afterschool tutoring sessions required, and we have more time to focus on quality of instruction."

According to district leaders, the goal was to increase the number of students achieving a passing score on the end-of-course assessments in math and English language arts.  With Tutorials, teachers have access to real-time data that enable them to easily identify where student knowledge is lacking and provide insight into which topics need to be remediated. 

"I absolutely believe Tutorials are helping me to be a more effective teacher," said Gerds.  "The Tutorials provide critical information teachers need to ensure students are getting the right instruction at the right time."

As part of the remediation and intervention program, students who fail an assessment in class are assigned the relevant Tutorials module to complete as homework. With the ability to access Tutorials from a number of different devices, including tablets, students work through Tutorials at their own pace either at home or during the school day. The innovative design, which incorporates elements of popular gaming and apps, resonates with students.

Due to the success of the Tutorials for remediation, Round Rock Independent School District has now expanded their use to serve a broader range of classroom needs.  In January 2014, the math teachers at Cedar Ridge High School opted to incorporate Tutorials as an integral part of everyday classroom instruction.

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 and provide every student with the opportunity to excel beyond his or her 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 the critical resources they need to meet the needs of all students including preparation for high stakes assessments, targeted intervention and just-in-time remediation and enhanced 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.

SOURCE Apex Learning

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