In spring of 2021, a year after the pandemic affected schooling in the U.S., NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) used data from 8 million students and found that reading scores had fallen 3 to 6 percentile points and math scores had fallen 8-12 points. NWEA is a non-profit organization that creates testing and then uses the data from that testing to provide insight to districts, teachers, and other stakeholders so that they can better understand their student’s areas of growth and decline.
With online learning helping students retain between 25% to 60% more information than traditional learning, according to The Research Institute of America, it’s no wonder that so many students are sticking with or transferring to online learning. Also not surprising is the fact that the global e-learning market is anticipated to be faced with an annual developing growth rate of 16%.
We all know that physical activity helps you focus, boosts your mood, and sets you up for a healthier, happier life. If your kids are in an online academic program like the ones offered through Excel Middle and High School, although they might take a health and fitness class, they might not be required to actually perform any exercises that get them up and moving. The last thing you want is your child living as a potato day and night! You have options for supplementing their current physical education though, and there are plenty of reasons to encourage your children to remain active.
Both kids and teens spend a large amount of time on social media. In fact, a 2019 Common Sense Media survey says that social media accounts for between 5 to 7 ½ hours of teens’ time every day. You might say No Way! But if you think about how many times each day you glance down on your phone to see, react to, and post on social media, you might actually have to admit that the time can add up. Not to mention that chunk of time you spend scrolling before bed or during a break from working on class work. How do you make sure that your social media profile is not just secure but is representing you in the most positive light?
Accreditation is an important factor when choosing a school, so Excel High School works hard to earn important accreditation and keep it in order to provide the best possible opportunities for our graduates. We are proud to announce that we have now earned elite accreditation through Middle States Association (MSA) Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
engaged in a variety of activities, and finishing projects, it seems like these summer months whip by faster than any other time of year. You know what the end of summer means: It’s time for back-to-school! Because of our flexible schedule, some of our Excel High School students have been working on classes all summer, or they plan to jump into their regular schedule a little later. But if you’re in the majority, you took your break and you’re ready to get started again.
All the big stores are playing their back-to-school ads. Parents and students are heading to the stores to grab notebooks, uniforms, writing utensils, art supplies…all the things that get crammed into backpacks and lockers in preparation for the first day of school. Online students with Excel Middle and High Schools don’t have to worry so much about their exact back to school start dates, but if you’re trying to model your school year with those of the school district in your area, then it’s back to school for you, too!
The first day of school is moments away, but administrators around the country are facing a big snag: Missing Staff. The National Center for Education Statistics found in March of 2022 that 44% of public schools were facing full- or part-time teaching vacancies.
Teachers all have different styles of teaching, just as students all have different styles of learning. As a student, while you don’t have control over how the content is provided to you, you do have control over how you learn it. Learning is active! That means that while you might have the content laid out in front of you or presented in a video, you have to do what it takes to actually learn the material.
You only have to recognize how many memes are made and shared about procrastination to know that it’s a pretty prevalent issue for most people. But why do you procrastinate and how can you overcome the tendency to put things off until you’re so anxious and frantic that you have to get your schoolwork done? […]