Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/13/2020 - 5:30 PM
Category: ITEMS OF BUSINESS
Type: Info
Subject: 5. Report with Possible Action on Implementation of the Edgenuity, Inc. Contract
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 7.01 - Teaching and Learning Goals
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Background: Edgenuity, Inc. was first awarded a contract as a result of RFP 696 for GED O2 Software Programming Services which closed on June 18, 2010. Under this RFP, Edgenuity provided the software program Education 2020 (E2020). The term of the contract was October 1, 2010 through July 30, 2011. The following year, a Board approved purchase order (P745978) was issued under the same bidding basis. RFP 789 for Online Credited Course for Remediation and Acceleration in Grades 6 - 12 closed on May 31, 2012. The contract was for one year with two, one-year options to extend, which were both exercised. The contract was in effect from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2015. RFP 893 for Remediation and Acceleration of Online Credited Courses for Students in Grades 6 through 12 closed on June 18, 2015. The contract was for one year with two, one-year options to extend, which were both exercised. The contract was in effect from January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

In 2018, a new RFP was solicited, RFP 996 for Recovery and Acceleration of Online Credited Courses for Students in Grades 6 through 12. RFP 996 closed on November 15, 2018. Edgenuity was granted a one-year contract with two one-year options to renew if certain performance metrics were met. The contract was executed for a first one-year term of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The contract was extended for a first one-year term of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. One extension option remains. In March 2019, the Board authorized a $350,000 contract for the first one-year term. In March 2020, the Board authorized an additional $350,000 contract for the second year of the contract. To date, the contract has paid out $350,000, and there is a $350,000 encumbrance remaining for 2020-21.

Edgenuity is an online curriculum and requires a licensed teacher for the course to be credit bearing. Edgenuity allows the student to be self-paced and depending on when the student starts and completes a course, they may be allowed to carry that course over to summer school or the next semester without having to start over.

Edgenuity supports students in two different ways. The first is credit recovery. A credit recovery course is shorter because the student already took the course. The course content is reviewed and modified by staff from Curriculum and Instruction. Credit recovery allows the student to demonstrate proficiency of the standards they previously were unsuccessful with. Students taking credit recovery courses also can test out of units.

The second way Edgenuity supports students is credit acceleration, meaning the student never had the course. This course has a full semester’s worth of content and students must complete all the work. Students must meet the specified criteria to be enrolled.

A study of credit recovery offered through GEAR UP by the Office of Socially Responsible Evaluation in Education at UWM indicated that students that took credit recovery were more likely to pass subsequent courses in the same content area as compared to students that failed but did not take credit recovery. A review of MPS graduation data from the classes of 2017- 2019 indicates students that receive the most benefits from Edgenuity are those with disabilities compared to their non-disabled peers, and black, Hispanic, and students of two or more races compared to their white peers.

Milwaukee Public Schools has worked with researchers from the University of Wisconsin and Vanderbilt University to improve the use of Edgenuity. The researchers are continuing the study of Edgenuity linking data to determine its impact on student outcomes post high school. In March, discussions began with researchers and Edgenuity regarding cultural relevance of digital learning and to address course content concerns. Currently, the parties are engaged in discussions on reviewing and revising courses to ensure cultural relevance.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
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Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jeremiah Holiday - Interim Chief Academic Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent