When we implemented it, nobody called it blended learning. We decided to integrate online and offline to address students' one on one needs. They are high risk students that don't work well from home so we created learning centers. Using the space that we had to meet their needs, we ended up with the model that we have. It wasn't so much an issue of asking which model is necessarily best, in and of itself.
Helping people gain an understanding of the model. They tended to think it was purely online or a typical brick and mortar charter school. Another challenge was not getting stuck in one way of delivering quality content.
Focus on students and quality instruction. Don't pick your model and then fit your students into it, look at their needs and shape it around them. Also learn from the best of every model.
HOPE is proud of the thousands of lives that have been changed during their 13 year history. There are nearly 30 HOPE Learning Centers throughout the state. Students attend Learning Centers five days a week and rotate between online lessons and face-to-face classroom instruction. HOPE offers an alternative education pathway to students who may be struggling in a traditional school setting. A recent research report prepared by an expert researcher from a local university found students who stay with HOPE for more than two years improve their academic performance. In addition to academics, HOPE runs an extensive student activities and athletics program, which grows each year and positively contributes to the academic success of students. HOPE is a charter school of the Douglas County School District and serves 2,200 students in K-12th grade, with 76 percent on free and reduced lunch and seven percent homeless. For more information, visit www.hopeco-op.org or call 720-402-3000.
HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op
373 Inverness Pkwy, Suite 205
Telephone: (720) 402-3000
In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.
In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.