Florida Virtual Academy Posts High Scores on 2007 State Tests

Jun 06, 2007, 01:00 ET from Florida Virtual Academy

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Students at the
 Florida Virtual Academy (FLVA) -- one of the state's two full-time K-8
 online public school programs -- posted strong scores on the 2007 Florida
 Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT).
     As in previous years, the percent of Florida Virtual Academy students
 scoring proficient or higher exceeded the state averages in most grades and
 subjects tested. For the fourth year in a row, the Florida Virtual Academy
 was the top-scoring K-8 online public school in the state.
     Florida Virtual Academy's eighth grade students had very strong scores
 compared to the state in reading, math and science, exceeding the eighth
 grade state averages by 35, 27 and 26 points respectively. Many of the
 eighth grade students have been with the school since it opened in 2003,
 indicating that students who are with the school for multiple years perform
 very well on the state assessment tests.
     "We are very proud of these scores and the continued academic
 excellence of our school," said Patty Betoni, Florida Virtual Academy Head
 of School. "These results are a credit to the hard work and dedication of
 our teachers, students and entire school community."
     The Florida Virtual Academy uses the high quality and innovative
 learning program developed by K12 Inc., a leading national provider of
 curriculum and services to online public schools.
     The Florida Virtual Academy is one of 16 statewide online public
 schools in the U.S. that provide students with the K12 curriculum; three
 online public schools located in major metropolitan cities also use the K12
 program. The K12 curriculum is currently used by more than 25,000 students
 and 700 teachers in online public schools nationwide. Many of the
 top-scoring online public schools are using the K12 curriculum and school
     Below is a comparison of Florida Virtual Academy scores vs. state
 averages (percent of students scoring proficient or higher):
     Grade          FLVA          State         Difference from
                                                  state average
         3            89             69                   +20 %
         4            91             68                   +23 %
         5            87             72                   +15 %
         6            87             62                   +25 %
         7            84             63                   +21 %
         8            84             49                   +35 %
     Grade          FLVA          State         Difference from
                                                  state average
         3            80             72                    +8 %
         4            78             69                    +9 %
         5            58             59                    -1 %
         6            67             50                   +17 %
         7            66             59                    +7 %
         8            90             63                   +27 %
     Grade          FLVA          State         Difference from
                                                  state average
         5            61             42                   +19 %
         8            64             38                   +26 %

SOURCE Florida Virtual Academy