Online Curricula

New Jersey Schools and Districts Gain Access to Digital Curricula

The Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ) has selected Apex Learning, a Seattle-based digital curriculum provider known for making standards-based content for all K–12 students, for its member districts and teachers. ESCNJ is the state’s largest educational services commission, providing shared services in all 21 counties.

New Jersey schools and districts now have access to the entire range of Apex Learning’s curricula, from enrollments in virtual courses with instruction by New Jersey-certified online teachers to digital curricula for classroom programs.

“We selected Apex Learning because we were seeking a rigorous option proven to support student outcomes,” said Edward Aguiles, director of curriculum and instruction at Sayreville Public Schools, in a prepared statement. “We know our students will learn more using Apex Learning digital curriculum, and they are excited about the new opportunities now available to them through the online program.”

Apex Learning virtual courses allow school districts to expand options available to students who might not otherwise be able to take a course, the company said in a news release. Similarly, Apex Learning Tutorials and comprehensive courses are used by scores of schools across the country to provide options for those students who aim to graduate on time or need support to get back on track, the company said.

“During the 2015-16 school year, we helped students in more than 78 high schools in New Jersey successfully earn credits toward graduation,” said Cheryl Vedoe, CEO of Apex Learning, in a prepared statement. “Educational Services Commission of New Jersey member districts can have confidence that when they choose Apex Learning solutions they will achieve the results they expect.”

Founded in 1997 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Apex Learning offers online courses in math, science, English language arts, social studies, the fine arts and Advanced Placement subjects. The company is accredited by AdvancED, a nonprofit organization that conducts on-site external reviews of K–12 schools and school systems. Apex courses meet high school graduation requirements, and are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility.

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Richard Chang is associate editor of THE Journal. He can be reached at rchang@1105media.com.

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