TCEA 2009 – TEA update:Texas Virtual School Network

February 5, 2009 § Leave a comment

Barbara Smith – region10

Course review-region 4
Central operations – region 10
Providers of professional development -education development center Inc, Esc 4, esc 11, Harris county dept of ed, a & m cdlr
Instructors must complete professional development prior to teaching a course

#1 reason students take virtual courses is that it is not offered in their district

Supplemental program

Funding and attendance rules to be established by TEA

Courses available for 9-12

LEA is course provider

Provider districts have onliNe instructors certified in course/grade level and completed prof dev

Course cost max $400 per student

Receiver district must have students with academic needs, provide site coordinator (can approve a course academically), provide funds, assign course completion

Course review process – Brent Bakken esc 4

Rigorous course review

Aligned with teks and blooms taxonomy application/evaluation level.

inacol – standards for online courses.
6 standards, 58 criteria

Courses that are reviewed, then rated before they are put in the network.
Approved with modifications
Not approved needs major modifications
Not approved

Central operations – Angela Clark
Help desk
Liaison between provider/receiver
Course catelog
Student eligibility-eligible to enroll in Texas public school
Instructor requirements-Texas certified in course and completed prof dev for teaching online course

Course catalog-looks likemany of the course are running about $250

Large chunk of BCIS courses

Reasons-schedule conflicts, course acceleration

To become a receiver district, must have a plan in place

Piloting dual credit courses in the fall



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