Virginia Virtual AcademyA program of Carroll County, King and Queen, and Buena Vista City Public Schools
Superintendent Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) Dr. James (Greg) Smith, Superintendent
Virginia Virtual Academy Timeline • 2008-09 Carroll County implements a district-only online program option • Mid September 2009 Carroll County implements a state-wide online program option – VAVA is born (81 students K-8) • Winter 2010 Governor McDonnell approves virtual school bill • SY 2010-2011 Carroll County expands state-wide enrollment – VAVA grows (400 students K-9) • August 2011 Buena Vista City Public School adds state-wide enrollment VAVA program (170 students) • January 2012 King and Queen County Public Schools allow state wide enrollment of 32 students
Who Chooses Virtual Schooling? • Students on homebound instruction with medical needs • Students with special education needs (autism, ADHD) • Students with gifted education needs – want to be challenged and move at their own pace • Military families – who move frequently • Competitive athletes who have conflicts with the traditional school day hours • Students who are falling further behind with grade level skills and have been unsuccessful with state testing • Any student who is dissatisfied with their current traditional public school (overcrowding, bullying, lack of rigor, etc.)
VAVA uses the Award Winning K12 Curriculum • Students are enrolled in a full day program that includes 6 courses (Math, L/A, Science, History, and two electives, art and music) • Curriculum alignment meets or exceeds state standards (including Virginia’s most current Standards of Learning frameworks) • All courses required for grades K-8 were approved by the VADOE in the Multi-Division Online Provider approval process in spring 2011 including health/PE. • AdvancED-accredited (formerly called CITA) • Materials shipped to family’s home (books, materials, manipulative objects, rocks!) – offline work and online lessons
Middle School Students Taking High School Courses for Credit • With district superintendent approval, VAVA middle school students in grades 7-8 may take high school level courses and receive HS verified credit, if they have: • Completed pre-requisite courses • Passed the course with a C or better • Passed the EOC SOL test in the spring of the year the test was administered (if available) • With more than 105 online high school courses from which to choose, we offer multiple levels of core subjects, up to four years of a World Language, and a variety of electives including anthropology, CTE courses, Web design and digital photography.
Administration Suzanne Sloane, Head of School
A Team of Support to Surround the VAVA Student King and Queen
Virginia School Districts of Residence – VAVA – our students represent more than 80 districts across the Commonwealth! • Accomack County Public Schools (2) • Accomack County Public Schools 4 • Albemarle County Public Schools 2 • Alexandria City Public Schools 4 • Amherst County Public Schools 4 • Appomattox County Public Schools 2 • Arlington County Public Schools 2 • Augusta County Public Schools 2 • Bedford County Public Schools 7 • Bland County Public Schools 3 • Botetourt County Public Schools 3 • Brunswick County Public Schools 4 • Buckingham County Public Schools 2 • Buena Vista City Public Schools 2 • Campbell County Public Schools 1 • Caroline County Public Schools 5 • Carroll County Public Schools 9 • Charles City County Public Schools 1 • Charlotte County Public Schools 10 • Charlottesville City Public Schools 1 • Chesapeake City Public Schools 17 • Chesterfield County Public Schools 24 • Clarke County Public Schools 1 • Colonial Beach Public Schools 1 • Craig County Public Schools 1 • Culpeper County Public Schools 1 • Dickenson County Public Schools 1 • Dinwiddie County Public Schools 2 • Fairfax County Public Schools 66 • Floyd County Public Schools 3 • Fluvanna County Public Schools 2 • Frederick County Public Schools 5 • Fredericksburg City Public Schools 7 • Giles County Public Schools 2 • Greene County Public Schools 4 • Greensville County Public Schools 1
CONTINUED: Virginia School Districts of Residence – VAVA Newport News City Public Schools 12 Norfolk City Public Schools 23 Northampton County Public Schools 1 Nottoway County Public Schools 1 Orange County Public Schools 1 Petersburg City Public Schools 2 Poquoson City Public Schools 3 Portsmouth City Public Schools 11 Powhatan County Public Schools 2 Prince Edward County Public Schools 10 Prince George County Public Schools 2 Prince William County Public Schools 33 Pulaski County Public Schools 2 Richmond City Public Schools 5 Richmond County Public Schools 2 Roanoke City Public Schools 6 • Hampton City Public Schools 6 • Halifax County Public Schools 2 • Hanover County Public Schools 3 • Henrico County Public Schools 8 • Henry County Public Schools 1 • Hopewell City Public Schools 1 • Isle Of Wight County Public Schools 5 • James City County 2 • Loudoun County Public Schools 26 • Louisa County Public Schools 6 • Lynchburg City Public Schools 3 • Manassas City Public Schools 3 • Martinsville City Public Schools 1 • Mecklenburg County Public Schools 4 • Montgomery County Public Schools 14 • Nelson County Public Schools 4 • New Kent County Public Schools 2
CONTINUED: Virginia School Districts of Residence – VAVA Virginia Beach City Public Schools 37 Warren County Public Schools 7 Waynesboro City Public Schools 2 Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools 1 Winchester City Public Schools 2 Wise County Public Schools 5 Wythe County Public Schools 3 York County Public Schools 10 • Roanoke County Public Schools 4 • Rockingham County Public Schools 3 • Russell County Public Schools 1 • Shenandoah County Public Schools 4 • Spotsylvania County Public Schools 10 • Stafford County Public Schools 24 • Staunton City Public Schools 2 • Suffolk City Public Schools 13 • Surry County Public Schools 1 • Sussex County Public Schools 1 • Tazewell County Public Schools 2
Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments • Virginia Virtual Academy Students Are Accountable • Participation in Standards of Learning Assessments is Mandatory • Grades 3-8
CARROLL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS DIVISION CCPSD Virginia Virtual Academy Program SOL TESTING & ACCOUNTABILITY Beverly A. Parker Director of School Improvement, Accountability & Testing
SOL/EOC Testing Challenges Partnerships Cooperation Flexibility Opportunities
Standards of Learning TestsWhat SOL Tests Do Our Children Take? All VAVA students in grades 3 – 8 participate in the SOL/EOC testing, according to tests given to their CCPSD brick & mortar peers Grade 3: Reading, math, science, history/ss Grade 4: Reading, math, history/ss Grade 5: Reading, writing, math, history/ss(US History 1),science Grade 6: Reading, math, history/ss(US History 2) Grade 7: Reading, math, history/ss(Civics/Economics) Grade 8: Reading, writing, “math,” science Grade 8: End of Course (EOC) Tests • Algebra I Algebra II Geometry • Earth Science World History I WH2 World Geography
SOL/EOC Testing Protocol • All VAVA students in grades 3 – 8 participate in the SOL/EOC testing program, according to tests given to CCPSD peers • Testing is administered under the direction and supervision of the CCPSD Division Director of Testing (DDOT) – B. Parker • 2 VAVA personnel are designated as VAVA School Testing Coordinators (STCs) • CCPSD DDOT trains the STCs. The STCs train the Examiners & Proctors who administer the tests under standardized testing conditions • All “irregularities” are handled through the STCs & DDOT, following traditional protocol
SOL/EOC Testing Protocol • Secure, off-site testing “centers” or sites are set up throughout various regions of Virginia by the DDOT in cooperation with other DDOTs across Virginia • Priority 1 – ONLINE TESTING, grades 3 – 8 (using public schools) • Priority 2 – Paper/pencil back-up in alternative sites • Spring 2011 – 7 testing sites • Carroll County Public Schools Division, Herndon VAVA Offices • VA Beach Div, Chesterfield County Div, Lynchburg City Div, • Greene County Div, Fredericksburg City Div • Spring 2012 – 11 testing sites (tentative) • Carroll County, Herndon, Charlottesville Div, Chesterfield Co Division, Fredericksburg City Div, Henrico Co Div, Shenandoah Co Div, Spotsylvania Div, Staunton City Div, Va Beach Div, Williamsburg-James City Co Div
How are the SOL Tests and Other Assessments Used? • Public School Accountability • Federal (AYP) • State (Virginia Accreditation) • Promotion & Retention (one of the multiple factors) • Diagnosis & Prescription • Remediation & Intervention • Alignment of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment • Instruction & Curriculum Improvement • Professional Development • Program Impact
Academic Accountability Beverly A. Parker
Accountability of Public SchoolsApplies to CCPSD Virginia Virtual Academy (VAVA) • Federal Accountability Standards (NCLB) • Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) • “Made AYP” or “Did not Make AYP” • State Accountability Standards (SOA) • Virginia Accreditation • “Fully Accredited,” “Accredited with Warning in ___,” or “Accreditation Denied”-------------------------------------------------- • Local Accountability Standards (AdvancEd/SACS) School Improvement Process & Quality Assurance)
Local Accountability Standards (AdvancEd/SACS)School Improvement Process & Quality Assurance) • Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Model • Standards (NCLB, VA Accreditation, AdvancEd, Research) • Continuous Improvement Cycle • Quality Assurance – External Review • Each school has an “Annual School Plan” • Annual School Plan • School Improvement Plan • Academic Improvement Plan • Linked with the Division Comprehensive Plan • VAVA is included in these expectations
What are the challenges with accountability? • VAVA students are randomly assigned to the various brick & mortar schools in Carroll County Public School Division, based on the population of each school • SOL test results for each VAVA student go back to the brick & mortar school to which they have been randomly assigned • Scores of VAVA students impact the division’s and each brick & mortar school’s accountability rating for AYP and Virginia Accreditation • The impact on each school, as well as the division, may be positive, negative, or “no-impact,” depending on the test and/or content area • VAVA performance is embedded within the School Report Card for each individual school and is not reported separately
Feedback from a VAVA Parent Regarding SOL Testing & Accountability “One of the reasons I chose for my children to participate in the VAVA Program is because it IS part of a public school system and it does include SOL Testing. The SOL Testing allows me, as a parent, to see if my children are meeting the same rigorous standards as those a public school in Virginia is required to meet.”
Remedial Instruction and tutoring IS CRITICAL • 62% of students came to VAVA one or more years behind grade level in reading and/or math • 40% of prior public students in grades 3-8 did not pass SOL tests in year prior to enrollment
Virtual Special Education Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) Laura Goad, Director of Special Education
Students and Teachers • 34 students • Grades K-8 • Categories of disability for currently served students: • Specific Learning Disability • Speech Language Impairment • Autism • Emotional Disability • Intellectual Disability • Other Health Impairment • 3 K¹² Special Education Teachers • Sarah Stephens • Erin Rubinstein • Kristy Drum • K¹² Contractor - Speech Language Pathologist – Jackie Taylor • Related Services contractors – Speech, OT, PT, and as needed
Transfer IEPs • K¹² requests records which both CCPS and K¹² staff can review via email or in the online IEP program • Meetings are by phone conference • IEP meeting is held to review current IEP/determine if placement in VAVA would be appropriate • IEP team includes CCPS Director of Special Education, parent, student (age 14 or older), K¹² general education teacher, K¹² special education teacher/speech language pathologist , K¹² administrator, and others as needed
Child Study/Referral • Child Study teams are chaired by CCPS Director of Special Education • Interventions and Strategies are discussed • Existing data is available in online IEP program • Same process and requirements as CCPS brick and mortar students
Evaluation and Eligibility • K¹² contracts with evaluators • Evaluation reports are attached in online IEP program so that both CCPS staff and K¹² staff can view • Evaluation reports are sent electronically to parents prior to meeting • CCPS Director of Special Education or designee chairs Eligibility
Re-evaluations • CCPS staff participate in determination of assessments and chair eligibility meetings • All regulations/requirements are followed
IEPs • CCPS staff participate in all initial or transfer IEP meetings • CCPS staff participate in annual IEP reviews as requested • Draft of IEP document sent to parent electronically before the meeting
Special Education and Related Services Erin Rubinstein Special Education Teacher, Virginia Virtual Academy, K¹² , Inc.
Current Population of Students Receiving Special Education Services at VAVA (by eligibility category) Chart reflects the breakdown of current VAVA students receiving special education services. Students may also qualify for services under other categories not listed on this chart.
Current Population of CCPS Students Receiving Special Education Services at VAVA (by eligibility category) Chart reflects the breakdown of current VAVA Carroll County students receiving special education services. Students may also qualify for services under other categories not listed on this chart.
Special Education Services Provided by VAVA
Survey Results: Parent Satisfaction with Special Education Services • 96% feel their concerns are being addressed • 93% feel their student is making progress on IEP goals • 93% feel the special education teacher understands their student’s needs • 99% feel the teacher provides sufficient support • 86% feel their student will be successful on state tests
How are special education services provided to VAVA students? • One-to-one virtual classroom sessions: A certified special educator works one-to-one instructing and assessing the student on individual goals. • Small-group virtual classroom sessions: A certified special educator instructs and assesses a small group (about 2-5 students) on individual goals. • General education classes with support: A certified special educator supports students in a course taught primarily by a general education teacher (either through co-teaching or individualized instruction as needed).
How do VAVA students access related services and therapies? • As part of their individualized education programs, students may qualify for related services, including: • Behavior and psychological services • Occupational therapy • Physical therapy • Speech/language services • Contract providers meet face-to-face or virtually with students to provide related services according to the student’s individualized education program.
Virtual Education Teacher Lindsay Woods, Virginia Virtual Academy ELL Certified Teacher
Responsibilities and tasks that we all complete: • Teaching – synchronous sessions for entire classes, small groups, and individuals • Communicating - with students, learning coaches, and VAVA staff and administrators • Evaluating – formal and informal assessment of student progress and attendance • Reporting – compiling progress and attendance data and sending report cards to families • Learning – weekly professional development sessions and other extensive training • How do we manage all of this?!
Teaching • Class Connect Sessions show up on the students’ Online School • We use Blackboard Collaborate to teach live classes to students!
Communicating • We use a secure, integrated email system, called K-Mail, to communicate with students and Learning Coaches • Families receive a Weekly Newsletter • We also speak with each student & family during monthly Parent Teacher Conferences over the telephone • Learning Coaches meet with Grade Level Teams each month in Elluminate