Educational Technology

April 29, 2014

Boston Public Schools Turns to Online Courses to Help Boost Graduation Rates

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By Stephen Noonoo, THE Journal

To help improve its four- and five-year high school graduation rates, Boston Public Schools is expanding its partnership with online course provider Apex Learning. The partnership, which began in 2007, focused on the district’s credit recovery program targeting students most at risk of dropping out. The courses are self-paced and include integrated formative and summative assessment throughout. Boston Public Schools is now offering online courses aimed at advanced placement, skill development, and dropout prevention as well. According to a series of reports by the district, a total of 396 students completed at least one credit recovery course via the online program during the 2011-12 school year and following summer, and 72 percent of them had earned a diploma and graduated by the end of the year.

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