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
• 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
• 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
• Students are monitored at various levels.
• 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
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
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
• 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
• Application Process
• Selection Process
• Evaluation and Quality Control
• Ongoing Professional Development
• Technical Support
• Principal recommendations
• School visits
• Recommendations from current ACCESS Teachers
• Open House
• Applications are accepted continuously
• Teachers must submit
• Principal recommendation
• Highly Qualified letter
• Alabama Professional Educator Certificate
• Background check (ABI and FBI)
• Acknowledgement of application received
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Virtual staff meetings
• Suggest PD courses
• Reference training materials in Connecting ACCESS Staff and
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
• 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
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