Pennsylvania Education Service Agency Hopes to Offer Online AP Courses

Pennsylvania Education Service Agency Hopes to Offer Online AP Courses

An organization is looking to offer a variety of online advanced placement (AP) classes to the students in the districts they serve.

State: Pennsylvania Number of Students: N/A
School Type: Education Service Agency Free and Reduced Lunch: N/A
Grade Level: PK-Adult English Language Learners: N/A

School Context

This organization serves over 90 school districts. They work with curriculum vendors to offer their schools vetted, aligned and strong technology solutions.

State of Technology

The districts that this organization serves have limited resources to hire, train and offer in school AP classes. By hosting online classes, this organization provides districts a way to teach college-ready students and offer them the best and more rigorous curriculum.

Currently, the organization uses Apex Learning for online asynchronous and synchronous courses. Some of these courses are embedded into the school's daily classes while others are implemented as at home course solutions. One of their concerns with their current solution is that the courses' start and end dates are not flexible. Another pain point is that much of the instruction in the course is text heavy and seems outdated. Finally, they would like a company that would be a partner to the organization, willing to work with them to be flexible and meet the needs of students they serve instead of being unaccommodating and ridgid about their services.

Tech Needs & Requirements

This organization is looking for a suite of AP online courses that provides students with a variety of AP subjects, with Physics as a plus. They are looking for a product that provides several features. The tool must provide courses by an online teacher. The tool must also have the option to purchase the course to implement in school with a school provided teacher. Courses should be NCAA approved with proper accreditation. The vendor should be able to offer pricing that is transparent and fair.

They should be able to access the course online, at home or at school.

Some schools will provide teachers, while others will be offer the course completely online with online teachers.

The tool must offer courses that are comprehensive with online teacher and with the option to have school appointed teachers teach the class. The tool must provide Genius SIS integration. If the company cannot do this right now, it must be willing to to do it in the future.. The courses offerings must be NCAA approved. Great customer service companies should be willing to be flexible while working with this organization. The company should feel confident that they will be serving a possibility of 90 school districts. This tool should be device agnostic. The tool must provide basic student progress data, visibility of projected end date once a student starts a class, teacher data usage and scores. The tool must provide Genius SIS integration.

*Content From 2016

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