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SOURCE Apex Learning
The Center for Promise examines the reasons why students leave high school before graduation
SEATTLE, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Apex Learning, the leading provider of blended and virtual learning solutions to the nation's schools, applauds the latest report from America's Promise Alliance, "Don't Call them Dropouts." The report seeks to understand why 20 percent of young people don't graduate from high school in the United States.
America's Promise has set a goal of raising the graduation rate from the current 80 percent to 90 percent by 2020. The "Don't Call them Dropouts" Report provides a glimpse into the challenges and choices faced by young people who leave high school early.
To better understand why students leave high school early, the Center for Promise research team conducted more than 200 interviews and 3,000 surveys with young people across the country.
The report outlines four major themes that contributed to these students deciding to leave high school: a cluster of factors related to various life challenges; toxic environments, either at home or at school; the presence or absence of connections, with parents, other family members, school professionals, peers, and their own children; and, the need for more support from caring adults and connected institutions in their communities to thrive.
"In addition to providing important insight into understanding why students leave high school before graduation, the report notes that the majority of the interview participants and survey respondents had returned to school or re-engagement programs to complete their education," said Cheryl Vedoe, the CEO for Apex Learning. "At Apex Learning, we strive to create solutions that engage students in their learning, supporting programs that provide an opportunity for these young people to establish a pathway to success."
For a look at the full "Don't Call them Dropouts" Report, please visit: http://gradnation.org/report/dont-call-them-dropouts for more information.
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 - is 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.
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