One of the biggest challenges was getting students to become independent learners. We started out as only requiring students to come into school every other day, but we quickly realized that high schoolers are natural procrastinators and that not all kids work well in a mostly-virtual setting. So we now require students to come into our facilities every day, and we've seen a marked improvement in grades and growth.
It's pertinent to get your assessment tools and software in line first. When you want to own the curriculum, it's important to seek out strong assessment tools that will work with what you're trying to teach. Especially if you want to implement competency-based learning, assessment products and their compatibility with the curriculum and integration with your LMS/ SIS are key.
EDUHSD Virtual Academy is part of the Big Picture Learning charter management organization and caters not only to students in El Dorado County, but also to the surrounding counties. Students attend classes every day at the EDUHSD brick-and-mortar location - they also have the option of concurrent enrollment with their local high school and/or Folsom Lake College. As part of the Big Picture Learning philosophy, students can participate in an internship of their choosing in order to prepare them for a career.
Contact: Aaron Palm
EDUHSD Virtual Academy
6540 Koki Ln
El Dorado, California
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.
Each spring, students in grades two through eleven take a STAR test. The STAR Program looks at how well schools and students are performing. Students take tests in math, reading, writing, science, and history. Teachers and parents can use test results to improve student learning. The STAR Program includes four tests: the California Standards Tests, the California Modified Assessment, the California Alternate Performance Assessment, and the Standards-based Tests in Spanish.
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System was established on January 1, 2014. The CAASPP System replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, which became inoperative on July 1, 2013.
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