Student Performance Accountability
Accountability for Teacher
Because Odysseyware Academy does not directly participate in state testing and support students throughout the country (though we do require Florida school partners to have their students participate), we use student completion rates as a component of teacher evaluation and pay rather than student performance on state testing (due to the variance of standardized testing measures from state to state). Teachers are regularly evaluated and monitored by regional lead teachers to determine the level of responsiveness to student needs, proactive communication and feedback, and the academic performance of the students in their courses (as measured by completion rates). Teachers have additional responsibilities they are accountable for as outlined in the Teacher Handbook. Our Florida certified teachers have a combined average of 61% of all students in the past four years who have successfully completing courses (students completed the course earning a grade of at least 70%). All of our teachers teaching Florida courses as well as all other course offered by our school are deemed as effective in teaching their courses and are highly qualified.
Accountability for Students
We currently do not have students in Florida and therefore do not have Florida state testing results. We have had one of our full time students take the SAT this school year, but because the number of students was less than 10, we cannot report the data. However, the student did achieve scores that put them at meeting college readiness standards and the necessary scores for admission into their college(s) of interest.
Though Odysseyware Academy does not participate directly in state testing, the charts and information below represents the results of a school that uses Odysseyware Academic Services in Pennsylvania. This school is a small virtual school that is an option for students within the geographic area. Students take all of their courses online using Odysseyware Academic Services. The results below represent the results of the school (all students took their courses online through Odysseyware Academic Services and Academy) on their state testing. Though grade level results are provided, they may not represent a clear cohort from year to year as not all the same students are registered in the school from year to year.
Pennsylvania students participate in PSSA testing. The PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) is a paper and pencil evaluation given to students, third through eighth and 11th grades, enrolled in a government-funded school in Pennsylvania. The test reveals cumulative and individual scores that determine progress by students, teachers, schools and districts statewide. These tests are comprised of assessments in reading, writing, math and science, and the scores are used to locate those needing additional support and resources. It should be noted that many Pennsylvania schools saw a drop in scores in recent years due to implementation of more rigorous standards. Students demonstrated growth in average scores from 2015 to 2016 on PSAA English tests.
Pennsylvania students also participate in The Keystone Exams. These exams are end-of-course assessments designed to assess proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Literature, English Composition, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History, World History, and Civics and Government. The Keystone Exams are one component of Pennsylvania's new system of high school graduation requirements. Keystone Exams will help school districts guide students toward meeting state standards.
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