When students are below or at risk of falling below grade level in one or more subjects, it’s an immense challenge for teachers to meet their needs while continuing to meet the needs of the rest of the students in their class. If struggling students don’t get the support they need, they often lose motivation, fall further behind, score lower on high stakes exams and become at risk of dropping out.
One of the most complicated and critical issues facing post-secondary district leaders today may be hiding in plain sight. Literacy rates among secondary students are staggering. Millions of high school students are struggling to read at grade level, and at least 70 percent of these struggling readers require some form of remediation to function successfully in their core content studies.
The population of students nationwide who are performing below grade level is staggering. Nationally, 65 percent of eighth graders score below proficient in reading and 67 percent score below proficient in math. Students who are not working at grade level in eighth grade ELA or math have a 25 percent chance of catching up by twelfth grade.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that went into effect last year has provided unprecedented opportunities in what accountability means and how it is measured in today’s schools. These changes have required new thinking from leaders at the school, district and state level and is creating new models of teaching and learning. Technology is playing a vital role in driving this vision to reality. ESSA has provided districts with an opportunity to prioritize technology in ways that truly transform teaching and learning while creating a broader vision for how it is used.
Middle school success is a key predictor of success in high school. The middle school years lay the foundation for success in high school, yet many students leave middle school underprepared for the rigors of high school work. This lack of readiness has a major impact on student success.
Today’s districts are grappling with how to meet the needs of struggling students. The average student who starts below grade level has a one in four chance of catching up. This means a tremendous number of students are struggling in every school district nationwide. If struggling students face barriers in achieving success, it can impact on-time graduation rates, passing and proficiency rates for high-stakes exams and the number of students who are falling below grade level.
What are the facts about struggling students?
This is the eighth blog in a series where we will be exploring the topic of innovation and its impact on digital curriculum.
When students are below or at risk of falling below grade level in one or more subject, it’s an immense challenge for teachers to meet their needs while continuing to meet the needs of the rest of the students in their class. If struggling students don’t get the support they need, they often lose motivation, fall further behind, score lower on high stakes exams and become at risk of dropping out.
Research Put into Practice: Apex Learning Curriculum and Pedagogy examines what it means for a student to learn and presents research pointing to the elements of curriculum design that are necessary for supporting learning in middle and high schools.
The research in this white paper is divided into four sections and each section is followed by a discussion of how the research is applied within the Apex Learning digital curriculum.