FINAL DRAFT State Board of Education Work Session 12-10-2015_621415apupfptdrlt04ivqp2cakhd


FINAL DRAFT State Board of Education Work Session 12-10-2015_621415apupfptdrlt04ivqp2cakhd

Reba Davis

Linda Jarzyniecki

Mark Magrini

Earlene Patton

Larry Raines

Misty Richardson

ACCESS Statistics 2014-2015

• Credits completed – 29,914

• VCI – 744

• WBI – 29,170

• Credit Recovery – 2,917

• Advanced Placement – 672

• Credit Advancement Pilot – 65

• Teachers – 910

• Available courses – 166

• ACCESS Web-based (WBI) only – 45

• Videoconferencing (VCI) only – 53

• WBI or VCI – 68

Student-Teacher Interaction

• ACCESS courses are taught by Alabama-certified and

highly qualified teachers.

• Teachers have numerous methods of communication

available to interface with their students.

• Email, news, discussion forums, audio, video, and

assessment feedback

• WebEx and other Web conferencing tools allow for a live

exchange that can include video, audio, graphics, and

support for sharing documents.

Virtual field trips for all Alabama students (K-12)

• An SDE educational outreach program that links Alabama’s K-12

students directly to the world of work, historical collections and

galleries; scientific and ecologically significant oceanic

experiences; important people who have impacted society’s

views regarding race, religion, and the physically challenged; and

careers including cyber security and NASA Marshall Space Flight


• Unique opportunities are provided for students to engage

directly with presenters through H.323-compatible

videoconferencing equipment.

Monitoring Students

• Students are monitored at various levels.

• Teachers

• Local monitoring through facilitators, counselors, and


• Support Centers and SDE

• The learning management system (LMS) has a built-in

reporting system, which includes login history details

and activity-monitoring reports containing dates,

times, IP addresses, and more.

• SDE activity monitoring

Communication of Grades

• Each teacher maintains a grade book within his or her course.

• Students can view grades and teacher feedback.

• D2L is equipped with an on-demand, real-time, detailed progress report of grades

along with student activity, which includes time spent in the course.

• Term 1 and Term 2 Exam and Average columns from the course grade book report

back to the registration system, InformationLIVE, which is used by the local schools

to register students in ACCESS courses.

• SDE staff can evaluate student activity and grades daily.

• SDE staff sends weekly emails to schools in regard to students who have been

inactive for more than 14 calendar days, including the date of the last quiz and

dropbox assignments submitted.

• SDE staff sends quarterly emails to schools, which list struggling students (average

below 60).

Alignment of ACCESS Courses

• Courses developed by ACCESS are based on the appropriate Alabama

course of study standards.

• Courses purchased from vendors are cross-walked with Alabama

courses of study and edited as needed to fully meet Alabama standards.

• All core, technical, and Level I and II courses fully meet the required

literacy standards and online experience requirements, including those

related to collaboration, research, and the writing process.

• ACCESS courses follow the iNACOL National Standards for Quality

Online Courses


ACCESS Courses Notes

• Aside from a few exceptions, all courses include an assessment at

the end of each unit and a term exam for each 0.5 credit.

• ACCESS courses use a wide variety of assessment types to reach

multiple learning styles and to ensure the best mode of

assessment for each standard.

• Outside of AP courses, ACCESS courses do not require the

purchase of additional textbooks or software.

• Built-in features of the learning management system (LMS)

permit teachers to add additional materials or customize tests as


Ensuring and Maintaining High-Quality Courses

• Course development staff and outside peer reviewers complete

extensive evaluations of courses.

• Course review documentation includes alignment checklists,

technical reviews, and iNACOL Standards for Quality Online


• Major course updates and changes are reviewed by the course

development staff and experienced teachers before going live.

• Teacher and student surveys, direct feedback from stakeholders,

and data from the learning management system (LMS) are

utilized to improve courses.

Role of Subject Matter Experts

• Subject-matter experts are selected through an

application process and undergo training prior to

beginning development.

• Subject-matter experts are Alabama-certified and

Highly Qualified or are otherwise recognized as

experts within their field.

• Subject-matter experts work collaboratively with

instructional designers (IDs) and outside peer

reviewers to author, build, and revise course materials.

Reporting and Resolving Course Issues

• Course issues can be reported through various

channels and technical support is provided during

extended hours of operation.

• Most course issues are addressed within 24 hours.

• Teachers are notified of resolutions when significant

changes are made or in cases where grades could be


Preparing and Maintaining Quality

ACCESS Teachers

• Recruiting

• Application Process

• Selection Process

• Training

• Evaluation and Quality Control

• Ongoing Professional Development

• Technical Support


• Principal recommendations

• School visits

• Conferences

• Recommendations from current ACCESS Teachers

• Open House

Application Process

• Applications are accepted continuously

• Teachers must submit

• Application

• Principal recommendation

• Highly Qualified letter

• Resume

• Alabama Professional Educator Certificate

• Background check (ABI and FBI)

• Acknowledgement of application received

Selection Process

• Selection committee reviews completed application


• Selections based on subject area need

• Selections based on experience

• Specialty certifications

• Principal recommendation highly considered


• Online interview process

• Teachers participate in an online course as a student to learn

the system

• Interview questions and situations reviewed by committee to

determine who moves forward with training

• First in-person day

• Teacher introduced to ACCESS

• Policies reviewed

• Online pedagogy

• Teachers observed and interviewed

• Evaluation and quality control process discussed

Training (continued)

• Second online course (two-week timeframe)

• Teachers have both student and teacher roles

• Teachers learn how to use the learning management system

(LMS) as a teacher

• Second in-person day

• Teachers learn best practices

• Hands on training with the learning management system


• Training in InformationLIVE

• Third in-person day

• Teachers meet mentor teachers assigned by subject area

• Mentor teachers give individual presentations

Evaluation and Quality Control

• Evaluations ensure student success, academic integrity, and teacher development

• Full-time course evaluators

• Evaluators use a rubric to ensure quality and consistency

• Teachers are evaluated based on login history, pacing, clear and prompt

communication, introduction to lessons, timely grading, and positive interaction

with students.

• Courses are evaluated four times per term

• One quick check in the first month of the term

• Two in depth reviews throughout the semester

• One final look to review overall student performance in the course

• Additional evaluations may be conducted as needed if issues arise

• Evaluators provide feedback to teachers

• Complimentary and encouraging emails

• Suggest corrections or address issues

• Evaluations are reviewed prior to hiring at the beginning of each term

Evaluation and Quality Control (continued)

• Returning teachers are typically hired based on evaluation scores

• A less than perfect evaluation score results in teacher being placed

on a watch list for further review

• Teachers who consistently receive low evaluations and fail to make

necessary improvements in their course are terminated

• On-going PD provided to teachers

• WebEx

• Virtual staff meetings

• Suggest PD courses

• Reference training materials in Connecting ACCESS Staff and

Teachers (CAST)

Students with special circumstances

• Non-public schools

• Virtual schools

• Transfer students

• Students in substance abuse and

other rehabilitation programs

• Students in mental hospitals

• Students working full time to

support their families

• Homebound students

• Patients in St. Jude Hospital and

Tulane Hospital

• Students living their dream (ex.

The Voice contestant Shelby


• GOAL Program

• HOPE Academy

• Alternative schools such as CF

Taylor and Genesis School

• Wilderness School

• Twilight School

• CREST School

• ACE Program

• WOW Program (Evergreen


• Brewer-Porch Children’s Center

• The SPAN Program

• The Bridge

• Morgan County Learning Center

• Big Oak Ranch

You must make the choice, to take the chance, if you want anything to change.

Reba Davis

(334) 670-5878

Linda Jarzyniecki

(334) 242-9594

Mark Magrini

(205) 348-2647

Earlene Patton

(334) 242-9594

Larry Raines

(334) 242-9594

Misty Richardson

(334) 242-9594

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