The Spring 2013 “End of Course” assessment results have been released by the Florida Department of Education, and blended students, learning part time from 16 year veteran provider of online line content, Florida Virtual School (FLVS) performed higher than the state average in Algebra, Geometry, Biology and US History.  Full time FLVS students also performed higher on the EOC assessments in Algebra and Biology.

“Much has been written recently about the role and results of virtual education, and there is a growing voice within our communities questioning the performance and accountability of virtual schools and other non-traditional education programs,” said Julie Young, president and CEO for Florida Virtual School.  “As Florida Virtual School, a statewide public school district, celebrates 16 years of service to students locally and worldwide, having set the standard for online education, we say that accountability and transparency are essential in meeting our obligation to students, parents, teachers, employers, taxpayers, and future generations.”

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Florida Virtual School® Students Outperform State Averages on Florida’s End-of-Course Assessments

Orlando, FL (Sept. 16, 2013) – Florida Virtual School (FLVS®) Part Time students performed higher than the state average on all four state-created End-of-Course (EOC) exams – Algebra I, Geometry, Biology and U.S. History.  Florida measures benchmarks for student mastery of learning for a given course through EOC exams.

“Much has been written recently about the role and results of virtual education, and there is a growing voice within our communities questioning the performance and accountability of virtual schools and other non-traditional education programs,” said Julie Young, president and CEO for Florida Virtual School.  “As Florida Virtual School, a statewide public school district, celebrates 16 years of service to students locally and worldwide, having set the standard for online education, we say that accountability and transparency are essential in meeting our obligation to students, parents, teachers, employers, taxpayers, and future generations.”

Based on the Spring 2013 EOC assessment results provided by the Florida Department of Education, FLVS Part Time students performed higher than the state average on the Algebra I EOC assessment by 20 percent, on the Geometry EOC assessment by 24 percent, and on the Biology EOC assessment by 3 percent. Florida Virtual School Full Time students performed higher than the state average on the Algebra I EOC assessment by 1 percent and on the Biology EOC assessment by 4 percent. FLVS FT students performed statistically as well as the state overall average in Geometry with scores only two percent lower.

 Spring 2013 End-of-Course Assessments: Percentage of Students Scoring Level 3 or Above (Proficient)

Algebra I*

      Geometry*

              Biology I*

Spring 2013

FLVS PT

FLVS FT

State

FLVS PT

FLVS FT

State

FLVS PT

FLVS FT

State

84%

65%

64%

88%

62%

64%

70%

71%

67%

*Data represents first-time test takers.

The 2012-13 school year was the first year for the U.S. History EOC assessment. Achievement levels for this EOC assessment have not been defined; therefore, students’ scores were based on a T-scale score range from 20-80. FLVS Part Time and FLVS Full Time had more students score in the top third of the T-scale (scoring range of 55-80) compared to the state percentage.  FLVS Part Time had 52 percent, FLVS Full Time had 56 percent and the state had 35 percent.

Spring 2013 U.S. History End-of-Course Assessment: Percentage of Students Scoring in the Top Third of the T-Scale (55-80)

U.S. History*

Spring 2013

FLVS PT

FLVS FT

State

52%

56%

35%

*Data represents first-time test takers.

About Florida Virtual School

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an established leader in developing and providing virtual Kindergarten- 12 education solutions to students all over Florida, the U.S. and the world. A nationally recognized e-Learning model and recipient of numerous awards, FLVS was founded in 1997 and was the country’s first, statewide Internet-based public high school. Today, FLVS serves students in kindergarten-12th grades and provides a variety of custom solutions for schools and districts to meet student needs. For more information, visit www.flvs.net.

 

FLVS is a Getting Smart Advocacy Partner. 

 

 

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