2015 16 ANNUAL REPORT
2015-16  ANNUAL REPORT
MISSION To deliver a high quality technologybased education that provides the skills and knowledge students need for success VISION To transform education worldwide one student at a time FLVS BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dame Dhyana Ziegler DCJ Ph D FLVS Board Chair Garth C Reeves Eminent Scholar Florida A M University Ms Linda Pellegrini President Pellegrini Homes Mr Ronald Blocker President Chief Executive Officer Dr William Gordon Chief Operations Officer Dr Jodi Marshall Executive Vice President Business School Solutions Mr John Pavelchak Chief Financial Officer Ms Iris Gonzalez Corporate Director of Multicultural Strategies Bright House Networks VALUES Student Focus Innovation Integrity Quality Mr Robert Gidel Managing Partner Liberty Capital COMMITMENT Mr Robert Saltsman Attorney Certified Public Accountant Saltsman Charlton Associates P A The student is at the center of every decision we make FLVS EXECUTIVE TEAM Mr Conrad Cross Chief Information Officer Mr Frank Kruppenbacher General Counsel Ms Melissa Wurzel Senior Director Marketing Communications
MISSION To deliver a high quality, technologybased education that provides the skills and knowledge students need for succ...
WELCOME On behalf of our Board of Trustees and staff we are pleased to present you with the 2015 16 Florida Virtual School FLVS Annual Report FLVS has worked diligently since our inception in 1997 to provide the highest quality technology based education and digital educational solutions to public private charter and homeschool Kindergarten 12th grade students As a statewide public school district we are dedicated to providing innovative educational solutions that ensure each student s unique educational needs are met At our core is our school offerings FLVS Flex formally known as FLVS Part Time for students taking one course or multiple courses at a flexible pace FLVS Full Time where we are the school of record and students take all classes with us and FLVS Global School for students outside of Florida In addition to serving a multitude of students FLVS offers business to business services including content licensing custom development for schools districts states and agencies digital learning labs county or district virtual schools and professional development FLVS is more than a school This year we launched an all new FLVS net website that is mobile responsive In addition to revising our content and simplifying navigation to explain all that FLVS has to offer we strategically shifted our logo to the acronym FLVS helping us move under one brand while not losing what it stands for Florida Virtual School Afterward we launched the new I Am FLVS messaging campaign to highlight some of the unique students we serve With each step we make FLVS continues to keep the student at the center of every decision while advancing personalized learning strategies and offering pioneering products and tools students need to succeed in today s world Thank you for your continued support It is truly a privilege to be part of a community where teachers staff students parents and stakeholders strive to build positive relationships that support academic growth Sincerely RONALD BLOCKER FLVS President CEO
WELCOME On behalf of our Board of Trustees and staff, we are pleased to present you with the 2015-16 Florida Virtual Schoo...
ABOUT FLVS FLVS is a public school district comprised of five schools serving all Florida school districts and is accredited by AdvancEd Advanced Education and the SACS CASI Southern Association of College and School Council on Accreditation and Improvement With personalized instruction FLVS provides custom solutions for students All teachers are state certified in the content areas they teach and have completed extensive professional development in virtual education FLVS serves Florida students full time flex part time and homeschool free of charge Performance based funding means FLVS only receives funding when students successfully complete courses Our competency based learning model gives students the chance for continuous improvement Students only advance after demonstrating mastery of a concept More than 150 courses including Advanced Placement AP honors NCAA approved core world languages electives college prep and career and technical education courses Students interact with teachers and peers in live learning sessions and collaborative assignments with the opportunities to participate in online clubs events activities even virtual eld trips 150 21 471 576 3 1 million COURSES OFFERED IN 2015 16 SEMESTER COMPLETIONS IN 2015 16 GROWTH IN DISTRICT VIRTUAL SCHOOL SEMESTER COMPLETIONS IN 2015 16 SEMESTER COMPLETIONS SINCE 1997 FLVS FLEX FLVS FULL TIME FLVS Flex scheduling is available to public private charter and homeschool students in Kindergarten 12th grade on a 365 day flexible calendar Students take up to three courses at a time when enrolled in addition to a brickand mortar school or a full course load when enrolled as a homeschool student FLVS Full Time scheduling is available to Kindergarten 12th grade students Students follow a 180 day traditional school calendar take all coursework through FLVS Full Time and eventually graduate with an FLVS diploma
ABOUT FLVS FLVS is a public school district comprised of five schools serving all Florida school districts and is accredit...
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT 207 400 STUDENTS SERVED IN 2015 16 5 041 GLOBAL SCHOOL SEMESTER COMPLETIONS IN 2015 16 25 INCREASE IN FLVS FULL TIME SEMESTER COMPLETIONS IN 2015 16 AP SCORES EOC SCORES Based on May 2016 AP Exams FLVS students outperformed stateoverall averages by 7 8 percent in comparing the 15 AP courses offered by FLVS and scored above thestate qualifying AP average in 12 of the 15 courses Based on the Spring 2016 EOC assessments FLVS students outperformed state averages on the Biology 1 Civics U S History Geometry and Algebra 1 EOC assessments FLVS Flex students equaled the Algebra 2 EOC assessment while FLVS Full Time was only 1 percentage point below the state average 56 8 49 FLVS AVERAGE STATE AVERAGE 531 29 FULL TIME GRADUATES IN 2015 16 STUDENT CLUBS IN 2015 16 Algebra 2 Algebra 1 FLVS Flex FLVS Full Time State 63 61 54 FLVS Flex FLVS Full Time State Biology 1 FLVS Flex FLVS Full Time State Civics 74 77 64 FLVS Flex FLVS Full Time State Geometry FLVS Flex FLVS Full Time State 40 39 40 85 76 67 U S History 62 61 51 FLVS Flex FLVS Full Time State STUDENT SPOTLIGHT WYAT T FLVS allows me the flexibility to pursue my love of ice hockey I am unique because I am intense and FLVS is the only way I am allowed to pursue that intense love of the game without sacrificing a superior education or time at home with my family 77 81 66
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT  207,400 STUDENTS SERVED IN 2015-16  5,041  GLOBAL SCHOOL SEMESTER COMPLETIONS IN 2015-16  25   INCREA...
EFFICIENT OPERATIONS As an online school FLVS is unique from other schools in that it does not have physical facilities in the traditional manner Yet FLVS consistently aims to be as operationally lean and efficient as possible while providing the utmost quality educational experience Here are some operational achievements this year VIRTUAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR VSA VSA the system utilized by students and teachers was completely redesigned and became fully mobile responsive this year Users can view enrollment progress course status information grades data teacher contact information and more with layouts changing position based on screen size and device BRANDING FLVS NET As a leader in online education FLVS understands the importance of a strong brand and web presence FLVS enhanced its branding by launching a new logo and redesigning the FLVS net website and the FLVS careers site In addition to simplifying menu selections we renamed our FLVS Part Time educational option to reflect that students who take one or more FLVS courses are following their own flexible schedule and path to personalized learning FLVS Flex CUSTOMER CARE A new chat feature on FLVS net has helped increased chat service by 200 percent with a 92 percent satisfaction rating The Customer Care team has adjusted training schedules with our vendor to reduce training costs and increase effectiveness This year a customer technician was added to specifically assist with Elementary support and enrollment With these enhancements the Customer Care Center has been able to assist our students parents and teachers in the most efficient and stress free way possible
EFFICIENT OPERATIONS As an online school, FLVS is unique from other schools in that it does not have physical facilities i...
STRETCHING FLORIDA TAX DOLLARS PERFORMANCEBASED FUNDING CAPITAL EFFICIENCIES SOLUTIONS FOR CLASS SIZE CHALLENGES FLVS is performance based funded only receiving funding when a student successfully completes a course unlike traditional schools that are funded upon seat time In the 2015 16 school year every semester course taken with FLVS saved the state of Florida 101 12 amounting to more than 45 1 million in savings for the school year Major financial impact occurs when a new student enrolls in a school whose classes are already filled to the maximum The district must hire a new teacher at a cost of approximately 64 000 for that one student or disrupt the entire class or classes to re level that grade The district saves when assigning the overage to FLVS OPERATIONAL SAVINGS Districts can utilize FLVS for courses with low student counts for a particular subject For example there may not be enough students interested in taking Advanced Placement Computer Science to warrant hiring a teacher but schools can offer that opportunity to interested students through FLVS SERVING STUDENTS THROUGH STATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS FLVS has the unique ability to participate in choice programs across the state of Florida allowing all students to have access to high quality digital learning FLVS serves students enrolled through the McKay Scholarship Program Gardiner Scholarships and Florida Tax Credit Scholarships
STRETCHING FLORIDA TAX DOLLARS PERFORMANCEBASED FUNDING  CAPITAL EFFICIENCIES  SOLUTIONS FOR CLASS SIZE CHALLENGES  FLVS i...
WORKING TOGETHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING The FLVS Professional Learning team is dedicated to providing extensive training to both new and current employees by offering a wide variety of resources and professional development opportunities 50 NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS 2 719 ESOL HOURS 107 821 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STAFF HOURS TALENT MANAGEMENT The FLVS Talent Management team is committed to providing exceptional customer service to help make the journey for each staff member and future staff members a positive rewarding and fulfilling experience FLVS continually seeks best practices and partners with industry leaders to hone our expertise in the field of virtual education 235 NEW EMPLOYEES ON BOARDED 166 PRE SERVICE INTERNS 9 UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS STUDENT SPOTLIGHT NOUR FLVS allows me to have more performing arts electives at school so I can advance in music and theatre It has given me the chance to improve in what I love
WORKING TOGETHER PROFESSIONAL LEARNING The FLVS Professional Learning team is dedicated to providing extensive training to...
MORE THAN A SCHOOL FLVS continues to grow as a provider of digital education solutions in all 50 states and more than 65 countries The FLVS Business Development team serves districts schools educators and students by providing FLVS curriculum and instructional models designed for student success FLVS brings rigorous digital educational solutions that can be implemented and customized to our partners needs By upholding the core commitment of FLVS to keep the student at the center of everything we do all proceeds go directly back into curriculum and course development Additionally the FLVS Business Development team regularly shares the FLVS brand culture and product line to schools and districts that are searching to grow digital and blended learning initiatives around the world By focusing on regions where laws and funding models favor digital and blended learning FLVS Business Development has developed excellent referral sources to generate growth and the 2016 17 market strategy emphasizes our recurring revenue curriculum licensing business AWARD WINNING TOOLS FLVS won the Platinum Learning Impact Award for the FLVS Unlocked Content Tool a next generation vision for empowering teachers to serve students using the best of class content of FLVS NEW PARTNERSHIPS FLVS was selected by two school districts in Arizona Dysart Unified School District and Gilbert Public School District No 41 to provide online learning curriculum to their combined 62 000 students
MORE THAN A SCHOOL FLVS continues to grow as a provider of digital education solutions in all 50 states and more than 65 c...
A LOOK AHEAD NEW LMS LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES Working with a learning management system LMS that personalizes and innovates the student educational experience is critical to the ability of FLVS to deliver high quality instruction The FLVS Board of Trustees selected D2L a global learning technology leader to deploy its Brightspace platform as its new LMS Brightspace is designed with today s student in mind offering a clean responsive user interface as well as integrated social media chat and advanced video features The platform is built to work on any device and be fully accessible on smart phones tablets or any browser enabled device In addition Brightspace includes real time learning analytics to provide FLVS teachers with engagement data to improve student outcomes FLVS is targeting summer 2017 for mainstream enrollment in the Brightspace LMS pending the completion of necessary integration and customization FLVS continuously strives to develop innovative learning solutions to increase Kindergarten 12th grade student success As a school of choice it is imperative that FLVS stay at the forefront of the ever changing educational landscape offering students schools and districts first class education experiences In the 2016 17 school year FLVS will Support the removal of restrictions placed on students in grades 2 5 that hinder enrollment in virtual education based on a set of eligibility requirements that must be met each year Modify the 1 0 FTE sharing formula to exclude successfully completed virtual courses Preserve the original intent of the online course graduation requirement by removing unclear language in 1003 4282 4 b 2 STRATEGIC GOALS Since the inception of Florida Virtual School in 1997 success has been our expectation FLVS has established four goals for the organization to drive student success and global growth and to ensure that everything we do links back to our Mission Vision and Values Each of the goals will be measured through defined metrics and progress will be documented through the performance indicators included in the Strategic Plan Collaborate in leading research to advance online based learning outcomes Strengthen our core programs Expand out of state partnerships Build innovative technology driven solutions for students instructors and school districts
A LOOK AHEAD NEW LMS  LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES  Working with a learning management system  LMS  that personalizes and innova...
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