Washington county public schools

WCPS Current Efforts

2016 - 2017: 406 students taking 437 blended learning courses

Daytime:

  • Blended learning courses offered through Apex

Evening:

  • Blended learning courses through Apex and MSDE
  • Traditional courses are also offered at EHS
437 total enrollments in OC/CR blended learning classes

Trending Data with Evening High School

185 BLENDED & 202 TRADITIONAL ENROLLMENTS
113 BLENDED & 85 TRADITIONAL ENROLLMENTS
2015-16 includes full year data; 2016-17 includes first semester only
Completion rate for traditional & blended learning courses for 2015-16 Summer School

Daytime Works

Proposed launch: Fall 2017

  • Students from schools where a course is not offered or else there are few sections can enroll to join a class remotely from their home school
  • No additional staff would be necessary; costs would be limited to headphones and Swivl robots
  • Alternatively, students can enroll in blended learning courses through Apex or MSDE

Twilight Works

Launching Spring 2017

  • Initial course offerings in Spring 2017: Health & Foundation of Technology (FOT) in a synchronous format immediately after school at BOH, HMSM, NHH & WIH
  • Four teachers and eight paraprofessionals will facilitate eight sections simultaneously
  • Fall 2017 course offerings can expand to include Fine Arts courses
  • Proposing to open this program to all comprehensive high schools in Fall 2017

Evening Works

Continuing current efforts

  • Both blended learning courses and traditional face-to-face courses are offered
  • Up to two credits can be earned each semester

Anytime Works

Proposed launch: Fall 2017

  • Full virtual classes taught by WCPS teachers, including regularly scheduled face-to-face meetings
  • Course offerings are limited by MSDE Approved Course List and by having Online Teaching in Maryland (OTM) certified teachers

Estimated Budgets

Daytime Works

Twilight Works

Full year budget does not include Swivl costs as these will have already been purchased in the Fall

Anytime Works

Additional Costs for Fall & Spring 2017-18

Cost Per Credit for 2017-18 School Year

Strengths & Limitations

Strengths

Gives students:

  • Scheduling flexibility
  • More pathways to graduation
  • Equity through course offerings to which they would not normally have access, particularly at small schools
  • Expanded options (especially students returning from alternate placement and home health teaching students)

Gives teachers:

  • Scheduling options
  • Potential opportunities for PD
  • Potential opportunities to earn extra pay

Limitations

  • Varied high school bell schedule
  • Fully online course offerings are limited to MSDE approved courses & OTM certified facilitators
  • Lack of access to MSDE curriculum - even for use in a blended environment

Guiding questions for conversation

  • For blended courses using an online curriculum, what final grade percentage will be considered mastery?
  • Programs to grow, expand or eliminate?
  • For AP Courses, should we allow them to be weighted only if the student scores a 4 or 5 on the AP Exam?
  • Do we wish to charge students for any of these opportunities? AP Tests?
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