Updated: August 26, 2020
Video-based learning platforms such as Acellus Learning Accelerator, Edgenuity and Edmentum are being accessed by HIDOE schools to support their online distance learning needs.
The Acellus Learning Accelerator platform offers over 300 courses, K-12, in every core content area. The quality distance learning instructional materials align to national standards and the Advanced Placement courses for high school are all College Board-approved. Each Acellus course has a HIDOE teacher of record to oversee the progress of each student and provide additional support as needed to ensure a quality learning experience for all learners.
The Acellus Learning Accelerator is not to be confused with Acellus Academy. Acellus Academy is an online high school that is not associated with HIDOE classes. The Acellus Academy is WASC accredited and uses Acellus Learning Accelerator courses as their curriculum. With Acellus, HIDOE teachers still make instructional decisions and lesson planning.
For families who chose to do 100% full distance learning, schools may have opted into offering Acellus, which includes online curriculum and instructional materials.
Through the Acellus Prism Diagnostics®, specific deficiencies in students' understanding of core concepts are identified and instruction is customized with personal instructional videos for that precise deficit. It has been utilized effectively in fully self-contained classes all the way up to AP classes. Approximately 188 HIDOE and public charter schools have Acellus licenses.
The Acellus Learning Accelerator program was used this past summer by the Department for credit recovery and many schools utilized this as a tool to support their summer distance learning option. HIDOE has secured a data-sharing agreement to ensure the platform meets requirements to safely house student information.
The Department has been using Acellus for the last 10 years and did not receive any complaints until a recent social media campaign.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Department has been working to identify any questionable content and will work directly with the vendor to address any content deemed inappropriate. As with any distance learning program, teachers at the school level are also reviewing content before they are assigned, similarly to how textbooks are used for instruction. Parents who come across any concerning content that was assigned by their school should report the specific location of such content immediately to their teacher or principal.
Programs used for distance learning continue to be managed and approved at the school level. Many schools have chosen to utilize Acellus for distance learning because of its ease of integration and because of the positive feedback received from other HIDOE schools and teachers with first-hand experience in using the program. As schools continue to plan while the pandemic situation continues to evolve, principals may adjust and modify distance learning plans based on the needs and feedback of their school community.
These are unprecedented and challenging times and our teachers and staff have been working tirelessly to implement the best possible learning opportunities under the given conditions with the resources available.