Frequently Asked Questions
- Who designs Edgenuity’s curriculum?
Our courses are designed and created by cross-functional teams of experienced educators and instructional designers with degrees in curriculum development, instructional design, instructional technology, and content-area education. To create a new course, the team begins with a careful analysis of state and national standards, as well as syllabi and curriculum maps of existing courses in use at lighthouse sites. The scope and sequence is then created and reviewed by domain experts and education practitioners.
Using the principles of backward design, the team outlines each unit of instruction to capture big ideas and essential questions, refine learning objectives and lesson questions, and document anchor assessments and tasks. Then prototype lessons are workshopped and team-reviewed against research-based best practices, the iNACOL standards for Quality Online Courses, and our own development rubrics and guidelines before the remainder of the lessons are created.
- Have your courses been reviewed by third parties?
Edgenuity’s courses have been extensively reviewed and approved by a number of third parties. As a member of iNACOL, we have been through their course review and are aligned to their standards for quality online courses. Edgenuity’s course approval bodies include:
- California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)
- University of California Office of the President (UCOP)
- Nevada State Department of Education Online Course
- State of Virginia Multidivisional Online Provider
- State of South Carolina Instructional Materials Adoption
- Washington Learning Source
- State of Washington Distance Learning
- New Mexico Textbook Adoption
- College Board Online AP® Provider
- iNACOL course review process
- Georgia Common Core Mathematics Adoption
- California Common Core Mathematics Adoption
- Oregon Common Core ELA Adoption
- North Dakota State Department of Education
- West Virginia Instructional Materials Adoption
- Florida Primary Mathematics Adoption
- National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA)
- Are Edgenuity courses aligned to the Common Core State Standards?
- Yes, and these courses have been reviewed and adopted via Instructional Materials adoptions in several Common Core states. In 2013 and 2014, Edgenuity’s Common Core courses were recognized with EDDIE awards. Reviewer comments included: “Among our current EDDIE Awards winners, the most thorough CCSS solutions are offered by Edgenuity… [Courses] are specifically aligned with Common Core Standards at the lesson level, and provide high quality instructional videos, appropriate and engaging reading selections, and assessments.”
- Can the instructors in the Edgenuity videos be used as a Teacher of Record?
- No, the on-screen teachers cannot be counted as teachers of record—even if they are certified in the target state.
- Can Edgenuity provide state-certified teachers of record?
- Yes. We can provide state-certified virtual teachers for the state students enrolled via our Instructional Services group. These teachers interact with students regularly, grade student work and provide feedback, and intervene when students fall behind or fail to demonstrate mastery.
- Can Edgenuity be used for Honors courses?
Yes. Edgenuity offers honors versions of many high school core courses. We also strongly suggest that teachers make use of the Collaboration Corner to engage honors students in critical discussion and debate, and we encourage teachers to use the teacher-supported grading setting.
We also offer several Advanced Placement® courses and dual credit courses to challenge top-performing students even more. “Among our current EDDIE Awards winners, the most thorough CCSS solutions are offered by Edgenuity… [Courses] are specifically aligned with Common Core Standards at the lesson level, and provide high quality instructional videos, appropriate and engaging reading selections, and assessments.”
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