In 1999, the Algoma High School principal asked if any high school teachers would be interested in teaching online classes. The high school physical science teacher was trained and went on to work as a contracted teacher (in addition to the Algoma contract) for Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS). In the 2010-2011 school year, enrollment in AP Chemistry and Physics classes dropped below 10 students per class. The district purchased the WVS courses for AP Chemistry and Physics and assigned the physical science teacher one period in which to teach both classes using the online format. Other students from Wisconsin were also accepted into the course which helped defray the cost of the program.
Algoma High School
1715 Division St
In 2013-2014 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested. GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.
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