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  • 1. Robin Beavers EDTC650 Assignment 2 10/29/2013 Virtual School Presentation OHIO BUCKEYE SCHOOL FOR ONLINE SUCCESS (BOSS)
  • 2. Table of Contents  Background  School Mission andVision  Organizational Structure  Regulatory Environment  Curriculum  Students  Website Evaluations of Effectiveness (Students & Parents)  References
  • 3. Background Buckeye School for Online Success (BOSS) is tuition free charter school open to Ohio students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. BOSS was founded in 2003, in East Liverpool, Ohio by a group of forward thinking individuals who were looking to provide educational options for Ohio students. Administrators, teachers and parents wanted a flexible, safe at home environment with choices of curriculum, activities, and other options for students grades K-12. BOSS’ first graduating class was a mere 15 students in 2005. Since then BOSS has grown and serviced thousands of families.
  • 4. School Mission and Vision Mission​ “The Buckeye Online School for Success is dedicated to educating all students in its diverse population by offering academic choices to meet their individual needs. Our school is committed to preparing lifelong learners and productive citizens through collaboration with staff, families, and communities utilizing cutting edge technology” (BOSS, 2013).
  • 5. Vision “Guided by the highest expectations, the Buckeye Online School for Success will serve as the foundation for the future of our students.As a center for educational and technological innovation BOSS promotes 21st century learning and we are the connecting link between students, parents, staff, and community”(BOSS, 2013).
  • 6. Regulatory Environment To ensure that students pass the mandatory state testing (Ohio Board of Education, 2010) BOSS Curriculums align with several educational standards including; Common Core Standards, the New Ohio Department of Education Standards, Ohio GraduationTests (OGT) and Race to theTop.
  • 7. Organizational Structure http://www.go2boss.com/#!administration/csk1
  • 8. BOSSVirtual Classroom (VC) runs real-time classes with live instructors utilizing the Amvonet Virtual Classroom and the Internet. As suggested (Watson, 2007) BOSS’ VCA offers a flexible multimedia experience for both students and teachers. Synchronous instruction, as well as independent work allow interaction with the teacher as well as classmates by spoken, written, and auditory communication. Technology
  • 9. Curriculum Keeping in mind Ohio state standards BOSS offers courses that promote progression of content from grade to grade(Ohio State Standards, 2011). Boss offers three Curriculum programs for its students. BOSS Primary -classes are for students grades K-5. Classes are presented in PowerPoint presentation and submitted via BOSS’ LMS. Students have access to a teacher facilitator to assist them in navigating the courses. Students meet periodically throughout the 18 week semester with the teacher.A parent guide is included in each course to help parents or guardians navigate through the lessons with the child. BOSSVirtual Classroom- runs real-time classes with live instructors utilizing the Amvonet Virtual Class Room and the Internet. BOSS Independent- for the self-reliant learner in grades 6-12. Classes are presented in PowerPoint presentation and submitted via BOSS’ LMS. Students have access to a teacher facilitator to assist them in navigating the courses. Students meet periodically throughout the 18 week semester with the teacher.
  • 10. Assessment BOSS classes meet several hours a week for instruction and have independent assignments, tests, and quizzes on course content to complete on non-instructional days.
  • 11. Students According to BOSS, there are currently 1,624 students enrolled in grades K-12. BOSS students are 53.4% female.The largest ethnic group of the 1624 students at BOSS isWhite at 87.6%.This is followed by African American (5.2 %), mixed students of two or more ethnicities (4.6 %), Hispanic (1.9 %), Indian (0.5 %) and Asian (0.2 %) (FINDTHEDATA.org ,2012).
  • 12. Student Demographics One of the hopes for virtual schools is to reach the disadvantaged & special needs students who struggle with traditional schools (Watson,2010). BOSS’ student population appears to serve these potential “at risk” students.
  • 13. Student Performance As with many virtual schools, BOSS’ academic performance is somewhat below normal (Miron, Urschel, & University of Colorado at Boulder, 2012). According to the Ohio Department of Education, BOSS is classified as Continuous Improvement. This classification means that BOSS has not met the following achievement benchmarks: •75% (or more) of students earned a score of proficient or above in achievement tests •85% (or more) of students received a score of proficient or higher on the Ohio GraduationTest •Meeting or exceeding the 90% state requirement for 4-year graduation rates •Meeting or exceeding the 93% state requirement for attendance rate (FINDTHEDATA.org, 2012)
  • 14. Student Services , Activities & Support Each student is given a computer, printer and appropriate software and also receives Internet Provider reimbursements. Often an inconvenience for online students (Watson, 2010) BOSS promises that students will not have to travel more than one hour to find a test facility.
  • 15. Student Services , Activities & Support •Tuition-free, public school • Computer • Internet reimbursement • Highly QualifiedTeachers • Safe learning environment • Curriculum aligned to Common Core • Live online classes • Online self-directed curriculum • Special Education • Response to Intervention (RTI) program • Guidance Counselor • Earn a high school diploma • Graduation ceremony • Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) • National Honor Society (NHS) • College and Career Readiness program •Tutoring and support services • Field trips It takes commitment to offer students the same services available to brick and mortar counterparts(Watson, 2010). BOSS offers its students many of the same support, activities and social opportunities that traditional schools do. Including a dedicated Special Education Department, guidance counseling, tutoring, and social clubs like National Honor Society and outings
  • 16. One of online school’s missions is to serve the
  • 17. Each student is given a computer, printer and appropriate software and also receives Internet Provider reimbursements. Often an inconvenience for online students (Watson, 2010) BOSS promises that students will not have to travel more than one hour to find a test facility.
  • 18. http://students.go2boss.com/ This screenshot shows the uncluttered interface and easy access to the student portal where students can find links to the services they need including the LMS, email, guidance, contact information and other resources.
  • 19. http://www.ohioeschoolcoalition.org/press-releases/back-to- the-school-of-my-choice/
  • 20. References Buckeye Online School for Success. (2013). Buckeye Online School for Success -Tuition Free Public K-12 Online School. Buckeye Online School for Success -Tuition Free Public K-12 Online School. Retrieved from http://www.go2boss.com/ McFarlane, D.A. (2011).A Comparison of Organizational Structure and PedagogicalApproach: Online versus Face-to-face. Journal Of Educators Online, 8(1), 1-43. Ohio Department of Education. (n.d.). Ohio's StatewideTesting: OGT. Ohio's StatewideTesting: OGT. Retrieved from http://ogt.success-ode-state-oh-us.info/ Ohio Department of Education. (2010, June). Introduction to Ohio’s New Learning Standards. New Learning Standards. Retrieved from http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Academic-Content-Standards/New-Learning-Standards Buckeye School of Online Success. (2012). Buckeye Online School for Success -Tuition Free Public K-12 Online School. Buckeye Online School for Success -Tuition Free Public K-12 Online School. Retrieved from http://www.go2boss.com/
  • 21. References Miron, G., Urschel, J. L., & University of Colorado at Boulder, N. (2012). Understanding and Improving Full-TimeVirtual Schools:A Study of Student Characteristics, School Finance, and School Performance in Schools Operated by K12 Inc. [withAppendices]. National Education Policy Center Watson, J. F., & NorthAmerican Council for Online, L. (2007).A National Primer on K-12 Online Learning. NorthAmerican Council For Online Learning, FINDTHEDATA.ORG. (2012). Buckeye OnLine School for Success. Find the Data. Retrieved from http://ohio-schools.findthedata.org/l/86/Buckeye-OnLine-School-for-Success
  • 22. Website Evaluation