The online curriculum is not necessarily well-suited for a school that is so committed to being project-based. Online content providers don't provide data in a singular source, so comparing student data from different sources and getting the important data out of those systems has been challenging for the school.
Before implementing anything, you need to understand the purpose of the technology: what are the skills you want students to gain, and will this software help them to build that skill set? Sometimes technology is implemented just for fun rather than for outcomes, so you must continually evaluate its utility and effectiveness.
Da Vinci Innovation Academy first opened with families in mind: they wanted to personalize the students' learning environment by combining school-site instruction with home-based learning. Da Vinci gives homeschool students the opportunity to engage in project-based learning and utilize online curriculum to best suit each individual learner's needs.
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Da Vinci Innovation Academy
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In 2014-2015 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
In 2014-2015 California tested students using the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), administered through the online Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. These are comprehensive, end-of-year assessments of grade-level learning that measure progress toward college and career readiness. Each test, English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics is comprised of two parts: (1) a computer adaptive test and (2) a performance task; administered within a 12-week window beginning at 66 percent of the instructional year for grades three through eight, or within in a 7-week window beginning at 80 percent of the instructional year for grade eleven. The summative assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA and mathematics. The tests capitalize on the strengths of computer adaptive testing—efficient and precise measurement across the full range of achievement and timely turnaround of results.