Edgenuity Review


Edgenuity had come under scrutiny long before the pandemic struck, particularly its credit-recovery classes, which permitted students to retake tests with many of the same questions repeated repeatedly. Furthermore, some teachers complained about the ease of gaming.

Altus Academy utilizes Edgenuity alongside face-to-face instruction in the Resource Center (RC) classroom. Instructors review student work and grade assignments using Edgenuity; teachers also manually grade short answer and essay answers that its program cannot automatically grade.

What is Edgenuity?

Edgenuity is an online learning platform providing K-12 students with a digital curriculum and virtual instruction options aligned to national and state standards in language arts, math, science, social studies, world languages electives, and career technical education.

Edgenuity provides several features to assist teachers and students with monitoring student progress, such as an activity log that tracks changes over time and report cards that show grades by subject and date. Furthermore, Edgenuity allows teachers to proctor assessments on behalf of students to ensure no cheating or use of resources during tests.

Edgenuity allows students to recover any failed credits on the platform quickly, with motivated students typically finishing a quarter of work in 14 days or faster – sometimes even quicker! Students also enjoy greater flexibility than traditional online classes when working on assignments from home or school.

While Edgenuity may benefit students, its challenges can also present serious hurdles. Parent Cheri Bruinsma became so dissatisfied with her daughter’s experience with Edgenuity that she filed a Freedom of Information Act request with her school district to get its purchase orders; Bruinsma discovered Edgenuity had received over $100,000 annually from this district alone!

How does Edgenuity work?

Edgenuity is an online learning program that provides students with videos, assignments, and quizzes for various subjects, including English, math, science, and social studies. Students may also use personal notes as preparation for tests or exams. Students are expected to dedicate five hours daily to their courses using Edgenuity.

The system utilizes various strategies to detect cheating, such as keystroke verification software and canvassing detection. Furthermore, students must sign an honor code before taking exams to deter cheating and ensure the validity of each examination.

Edgenuity students must complete at least five days per week and regularly confer with teachers to review progress grades, note quality, and make reasonable strides toward meeting their target date for course completion.

Critics have expressed concerns that Edgenuity makes it too easy to cheat, with one student reported by Slate in 2017 as saying they could take an exam multiple times with many similar questions appearing again, making the testing system far less reliable for credit recovery classes. However, Shea noted that Edgenuity provides students who need help catching up with a great tool without jeopardizing their academic standing or graduation plans.

What are the benefits of Edgenuity?

Edgenuity is a research-based program that can be used for core curriculum, intervention to recover credits, or electives. The heavily video-based courses aligned to Common Core and state standards cover math, English, social studies, science, foreign languages, and career-oriented topics like business IT health sciences AP courses.

Edgenuity provides interactive multimedia simulations designed to promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills among its students, as well as world language courses in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and Latin for learning more about other cultures and societies around them. Furthermore, writing courses available within Edgenuity help develop grammar and composition abilities among its users.

Edgenuity’s Family Portal makes it easier for parents to monitor their child’s progress by giving weekly and daily updates on his/her grades and improvement and viewing any teacher comments about your student.

Unhappy families may not be satisfied with how their children’s schools use Edgenuity. Cheri Bruinsma, a lawyer with two kids enrolled in Washoe County School District and who uses Edgenuity herself at home for both teaching and assessment, said her children were given a choice between traditional in-classroom teaching with low Covid-19 risk or taking an entirely at-home approach through Edgenuity; their family opted for Edgenuity without really understanding all its implications; Bruinsma said she may switch them over to charter or regional district that doesn’t use Edgenuity software altogether.

What are the disadvantages of Edgenuity?

Edgenuity is a for-profit company, and some parents may worry it might favor one teaching method over another. Rayow, who previously taught and now leads Weld North Education’s academic division as head of academic affairs for Edgenuity, says most employees share his enthusiasm for education; many have experience as teachers or administrators. Private companies in education are nothing new – textbook companies have existed since long before textbook publishers existed!

Some parents have complained that Edgenuity is challenging to use and navigate, with students assigned tasks and assignments that often feel like busywork – such as watching videos that do not provide much educational value or mainstream selections that could easily be found online. Furthermore, notifications for upcoming assignments can sometimes be confusing.

One family was given the option to choose between traditional classroom instruction or virtual learning system Edgenuity; they selected Edgenuity but soon noticed their daughter struggled after adopting it without proper investigation, according to her mother, who spoke to BuzzFeed about it. “I felt they jumped on Edgenuity as an option without properly investigating it,” the mother stated.

Parents often complain that Edgenuity restricts access to exams to prevent cheating. But Rayow states this practice is necessary for safety purposes and typical in education; she notes it’s up to districts to find ways to supplement Edgenuity programs with live instruction.