Wednesday, February 1, 2017

UC Approved MOOcs for High School A-G Requirements

From a PR release by the private company supplying the courses:

Apex Learning today announced that the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) accepted an additional 20 a-g approved Apex Learning high school courses as meeting requirements for University of California (UC) admission. With 61 previously approved courses, school districts now have access to over 80 UC a–g approved Apex Learning courses spanning the subjects of English, math, science, social studies, world languages and college preparatory electives, including 12 Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
UCOP indicated that the new courses fulfill the UC system’s a-g subject requirements, which aim to ensure students enter the UC system college ready. According to the California Curriculum Integrity Institute, approved courses must be academically challenging and must require substantial reading, writing, problem solving and analytical thinking, while also developing students’ verbal and listening skills.
“We know from our research that Apex Learning courses are the most rigorous online courses available,” said Cheryl Vedoe, CEO, Apex Learning. “We are excited about the University of California’s approval of additional courses because it allows districts to expand use of digital curriculum to achieve one of their most important goals – sufficiently preparing students for entrance to the competitive UC system.”
Apex Learning provides digital curriculum to schools and districts throughout California and across the country. The UC a-g approved Apex Learning courses now include: 
  •     Eleven history and social studies courses (a);
  •     Seventeen English language arts classes (b);
  •     Fourteen mathematics courses (c);
  •     Nine laboratory science courses (d);
  •     Eight languages other than English (e);
  •     Twenty-two college preparatory electives (g)...

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