As high school graduation season rapidly approaches, many students who were once at risk of dropping out will receive their diplomas instead, thanks to help from innovative online and blended learning programs. Edgenuity, a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions, is pleased to highlight a number of at-risk student success stories from across the country that can serve as models for schools and districts focused on increasing graduation rates.
Research from the Alliance for Excellent Education shows that many students drop out of school because of a lack of engagement with the subject matter or challenges in making up for missed credits. Edgenuity is addressing these issues by providing flexible and personalized learning opportunities that resonate with students and help them earn credits at their own pace.
“Every student dropout is a tragedy, and our country and economy can’t afford to keep squandering talent and letting our students down,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity, Inc. “At Edgenuity, we’re deeply gratified to partner with schools and districts to help drive meaningful drop-out prevention results. We’ve seen online and blended learning solutions help students stay in school and change the trajectory of students’ lives through flexible, personalized, engaging instruction.”
Acquiring a high school diploma has a substantial impact on a student’s future income. Americans with a high school diploma earn an average annual income of $32,493, compared with non-high school graduates who earn an average annual income of $21,107, according to the U.S. Census.
Just a few examples of schools and districts where Edgenuity has partnered to help deliver successful programs for at-risk students include:
Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Georgia, which enrolled 469 students in Edgenuity courses to encourage student achievement and enhance graduation rates.
- Of the 144 12th grade students enrolled in Edgenuity’s program during the 2011 school year, 94% stayed in school and 80% graduated.
- Over 90% of GHS students enrolled in Edgenuity courses passed the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) ELA and Writing exams, and over 80% passed the GHSGT Science and Social Studies exams.
Lufkin Independent School District (LISD) in Lufkin, Texas, which implemented a blended learning program in summer 2011 to support tenth-grade students facing difficulty passing courses and state exams.
- Though all 45 tenth-grade students enrolled in the Edgenuity program were at risk of dropping out, none of the students withdrew from school and 27% graduated early, by spring of 2012.
- The percentage of tenth-grade Edgenuity students who passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) in Math more than doubled, from 33% in 2011 to 80% in 2012.
Higley Learning Center in Gilbert, Arizona, which introduced a flexible online alternative program for at-risk middle and high school students performing poorly in the traditional school setting.
Of the 48 HLC students at risk of dropping out, only one student did so, which resulted in 98 percent of the students who were predicted to drop out stayed in school.
Results from the 2012 Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards High School (AIMS HS) Reading, Math, and Writing Tests indicate that eleventh- and twelfth-grade Edgenuity students from HLC outperformed their state peers.
Schools and districts like these are using Edgenuity’s blended and online learning courses to keep at-risk students on track and help these students acquire the credits they need to graduate. Instructors can pre-test students for content understanding, customize assignments to fit school standards, and use dynamic progress reports to identify and assist students who are falling behind. Overall, Edgenuity has helped more than one million students prepare for college and career through its suite of online courses and curriculum.
Edgenuity (formerly E2020, Inc) provides engaging online education solutions that propel success for every student, empower every teacher to deliver more effective instruction, and enable schools and districts to meet their academic goals. Edgenuity delivers a range of Core Curriculum, AP®, Elective, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Credit Recovery courses aligned to the rigor and high expectations of state, Common Core and iNACOL standards and designed to inspire life-long learning. Fully flexible for use in any blended or online learning model, Edgenuity supports an environment where personalized learning is possible. With 185 semester-long courses and growing, Edgenuity has already driven outcomes for more than one million students in schools and districts across the country. For more information, and to see Edgenuity in action, visit Edgenuity.com.