Before you start a blended program, figure out exactly what you want your computers to do. We only use them for specific things to individualize students' learning, but we understand that a teacher is still a critical component to education and are great at building relationships.
As the newest Da Vinci school, Da Vinci Communications opened last year to prepare students for college and career. Different from other Da Vinci Schools is Communications' emphasis on personalized learning through computer-based instruction, especially in math, language, and upper-level courses. This school also offers a specific communications pathway for students to focus on in the last two years of secondary education. After the school has expanded to cater to 11th and 12th graders, Da Vinci Communications hopes to extend a 5th-year opportunity to its students.
Contact: Nathan Berrymore
Da Vinci Communications
12495 S Isis Ave
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 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.