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Weekly Roundup - 5.29.15

Weekly Roundup showcases stories and information about the students and schools we serve, K12 educators, and important education issues.

North Carolina Virtual Academy Announces New School Leadership Team
(Press Release)

North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA), a K-12 online public charter school, today announced two experienced North Carolina educators as the newest members to its school leadership team. Joel Medley was named as North Carolina Virtual Academy's Head of School and Marcia Simmons will serve as an Academic Administrator. They will start on Monday, June 1, 2015.

Director of state charter office to lead online public school
(The News Observer)

Joel Medley, head of the charter school office in the state Department of Public Instruction, has accepted a job running the K12 online charter school in North Carolina. Thursday was Medley’s last day running the state’s charter school office. Medley will start next week as the online school’s top administrator, or head of school.
“It’s an opportunity to learn and be part of something that’s so rare for the state,” Medley said.

Speaker Bosma names 2010 Teacher of the Year to SBOE
(Press Release)

House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) has appointed Dr. Byron L. Ernest to serve as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE). Dr. Ernest is currently the Head of Schools for Hoosier Academies in Indiana. 

Minnesota Counselor of the Year has local ties
(Spring Grove Herald)

Tina Barness of Ossian was recently named Minnesota Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Minnesota School Counselor’s Association (MSCA). Barness was honored in front of 550 peers at the state conference in Brainerd, Minn., on May 4. Barness received the award in recognition of her leadership, advocacy and collaboration and her work in promoting equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students to maximize student achievement.  

Barness is a school counselor for students in kindergarten through eighth grade for the Minnesota Virtual Academy (MNVA), an online program in the Houston Public School District. Barness supports over 1,000 students on her caseload with students living across the entire state of Minnesota.

Brookfield family shares online school experience
(Brookfield Now)

With temperatures on the rise and Memorial Day in the rear view mirror, many Brookfield and Elm Grove parents soon will be getting used to having their children around the house much more. For one family in the city of Brookfield however, school being in session and the children being around are not mutually exclusive. Carrie Jensen has enrolled her children in the Wisconsin Virtual Academy to provide at-home schooling for five of her children. Two older Jensen children also attended the academy through eighth grade and now attend Brookfield Academy. Two more are likely to begin schooling soon. The Wisconsin Virtual Academy (WIVA) is an online public charter school that provides a full-time, tuition-free, K-12 curriculum.

Pikes Peak Online School Opens for Fall 2015
(Press Release)

Pikes Peak Online School (PPOS), a tuition-free online public school for Colorado students statewide in grades 9 through 12, has been approved to enroll students for the 2015-2016 school year. Authorized by the Colorado Digital Board of Cooperative Education Services (CD BOCES), PPOS is an education option focused on helping students who are struggling academically. With a unique and highly supportive approach, PPOS will work with students and their families to help them overcome obstacles, including learning or behavioral issues, bullying, or a lack of effective alternatives.

2015 Graduation Announcements

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New K12 Inc. Academic Report Shows Overall Student Improvement

K12 recently issued its 2015 Academic Report which details the academic results in all K12 partner schools. The report data includes valid state academic test results for school year 2013-2014 and demonstrated that student proficiency within online schools is improving from previous years.

You can access the full report, here.

Publically available test data are limited to Full Academic Year (FAY) – students who were enrolled on or before a cutoff date typically very close to the beginning of the school year, however data in the Academic Report are derived from K12’s Academic Performance Database and captures all students who were tested. The report closely examines individual school performance over a three-year period and student performance in key subgroups.

In a forward to the report, K12 Chairman and CEO Nate Davis writes, “This report is an important part of our research efforts at K12. We are researching the structure of schools and of school days to optimize the learning experience for students. We continue to assess better digital tools for students, teachers, and administrators. As our tools and systems improve, we come closer to the ideal of an optimally individualized learning experience for each and every student.”

Indeed the latest data shows that our efforts towards improving student performance, empowering teachers, and providing the tools necessary for success are beginning to pay off.

Key findings of the 2015 Academic Report include:

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Report Shows Achievement and Innovation at New Mexico Virtual Academy

Today a white paper was released on New Mexico Virtual Academy (NMVA), highlighting academic success and innovation at New Mexico’s first statewide virtual charter school. You can read the full report, here.

Over the past few months, NMVA looked closely at programs and initiatives to better understand some of the many approaches that enabled our school to effectively build a strong foundation and achieve success over the last three school years.

We found that setting and maintaining high standards within our school community was a constant driver for strong teacher-student engagement, innovations in the classroom, and an increased emphasis on pathways after graduation.

For its inaugural 2012-2013 school year, NMVA achieved an overall accountability rating of a B grade, which we maintained through the following school year. 

In grades 3-8, the overall percentage of NMVA students at or above proficiency in Mathematics increased 9 percentage points. In 2013-2014, NMVA students scored higher than the state average in grades 6 and 8 in overall Mathematics proficiency. NMVA also students scored higher than the state average in grades 6 and 8 and equaled the state in grade 7 in overall Reading proficiency.

At NMVA we truly emphasize the importance of Individualized Learning Plans – customized programs to fit each student’s unique learning styles and aptitudes. Our focus on post-secondary initiatives guides upcoming seniors on paths toward college and universities using career counseling and future planning.

In coming weeks we will celebrate NMVA’s second graduating class -- we anticipate 22 graduates will walk across the stage on May 15, 2015. Many graduating seniors have already made post-secondary plans, including Juliet B. who plans to attend Regis University in the Fall after being awarded an academic scholarship. Juliet plans to pursue a doctorate in Physical Therapy and continue to play soccer through the university.

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Weekly Roundup - 5.8.15

Weekly Roundup showcases stories and information about the students and schools we serve, K12 educators, and important education issues.

K12 Inc. 2015 Academic Report Shows Overall Student Improvement
(Press Release)

K12 Inc. released its 2015 Academic Report which details the academic results of students in K12-managed public schools. The report data, which includes all managed public schools with valid state academic test results for school year 2013-2014, showed that student proficiency within online schools is improving from previous years.

Area students awarded $45,000 in SSVEC Scholarships
(Arizona Range News)

Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) has announced the winners of 30 scholarships valued at $1,500 each in the annual SSVEC Foundation Scholarship program. SSVEC President Kathy Thatcher presented students with award certificates during the cooperative’s 77th annual meeting on Thursday evening, April 23, at Willcox High School Auditorium. This year’s winners include Raphael Saba from Arizona Virtual Academy.

K12 Student Heads to West Point
(Learning Liftoff)

Thanks to his focus, determination, and online education, Jacob H. found himself with terrific college options this month. But in the end, it was no contest for the Bay Virtual Instruction Program of Florida student, who had accepted an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Royalty Pageant looks for IGRA ambassadors
(Idaho Press Tribune)

The Idaho Girls Rodeo Association is hosting its 2015 Royalty Pageant from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 3K Ranch in Star. Every year, they gather with friends and family for a healthy competition to see who will be their next year’s ambassadors, representing the IGRA around the Treasure Valley and southern Idaho.

Jade Rada, 7, is the daughter of Khristina and Chad Rada of Marsing. She is enrolled in Idaho Virtual Academy. She is an active 4-H member, showing rabbits and goats, and loves learning about horses with her sister. This year she will be competing in barrel racing.

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Weekly Roundup - 04.24.15

Weekly Roundup showcases stories and information about the students and schools we serve, K12 educators, and important education issues. 

Franklin sports academy offers education on, off ice
(The Tennessean)

Students at Southern Elite Sports Preparatory School in Franklin start their days on the ice rink. With helmets on and ice hockey sticks in hand, their skates carve fresh ice by 8 a.m. They'll spend the next hour-and-a-half doing drills to refine their techniques.

State Offers Virtual Academy to K-12 Students
(Education World)

Washington Virtual Academies (WAVA) is a fully accredited public school in Washington that serves K-12 students. In its ninth year, the school operates totally online for free tuition.

Century tennis phenom shifts to boys team
(Post Bulletin)

For the second time in four years, a girl is playing boys high school tennis in Rochester. Not just any girl, either, but a nationally ranked phenom. Jessie Aney skipped high school tennis all together last year, before opting now to play with the boys, something within the Minnesota State High School League rules. This is her final year of high school, something she's completed in three years while enrolled in online Minnesota Virtual Academy.

Announcing Open Enrollment

Arkansas Virtual Academy Welcomes K-11 Students to Enroll for 2015-2016 School Year

Insight Schools of California Now Enrolling Students for the 2015-2016 School Year