K12 Inc. and Florida Virtual Academy Win the 2007 ITFlorida Government Technology Leadership Award

Nov 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from Florida Virtual Academy

    ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, ITFlorida
 presented K12 Inc. and Florida Virtual Academy (FLVA) with its 2007
 Government Technology Leadership Award at the organization's fifth annual
 Awards Gala and Tech Forum.
     The ITFlorida Government Technology Leadership Award recognizes an
 innovative IT initiative or solution for its contributions to a state or
 local government agency's mission and ability to improve delivery of
 services to the public. The ITFlorida awards spotlight those who have
 distinguished themselves and their industry in the best application of
 information technology throughout Florida.
     ITFlorida is an umbrella, not-for-profit, membership organization that
 represents Florida's diverse technology community on a statewide basis.
     Florida Virtual Academy is a K-8 online public school program
 authorized through the Florida Department of Education. The public school
 program provides students across the state with a full-time, comprehensive
 education using innovative technology, academic services and web-based
 learning programs developed by K12 Inc., a technology-based education
 company and leading national provider of high-quality curriculum and
 services to online public schools.
     Florida Virtual Academy was established in 2003 as a pilot program of
 the Florida Department of Education. The public school program has
 demonstrated strong academic performance each year and has consistently
 been the top-scoring K-8 online public school in the state. Since 2003, the
 percentage of FLVA students scoring proficient or higher has exceeded the
 state averages in most grades and subjects tested. Last year, FLVA received
 an "A" from the Florida Department of Education.
     "I am honored to accept this award on behalf of K12 Inc. and the all
 the parents, students, teachers, and administrators at Florida Virtual
 Academy," said Patty Betoni, FLVA Head of School. "We are proud to be a
 partner in Florida's public education system. Most importantly, we are
 pleased that children all across the state -- regardless of their
 geographic, financial or demographic circumstance -- are achieving in our
 high-quality, individualized public education program."
     About Florida Virtual Academy
     Florida Virtual Academy serves 940 students in grades K-8 across the
 state. The public school program allows students to receive a complete
 education outside the traditional classroom.
     Every FLVA student receives an individualized learning program using a
 curriculum with web-based lessons and assessments developed by K12 Inc.
 Students access lessons through the innovative K12 Online School and use
 other K12 education materials (textbooks, workbooks, math and science
 supplies, and other hands-on projects) that are shipped directly to them.
     All students are assigned to state-certified teachers. FLVA teachers
 work in partnership with the students and parents to help meet the
 students' learning needs. Teachers assign lessons, provide instruction,
 guidance and support and regularly communicate with students and parents
 via phone, email, Web-based "e-classrooms," and face-to-face meetings.
 Teachers also organize school outings and activities for students and their
 families. Students work with a "learning coach," usually a parent or
 responsible adult, to help guide them through their lessons.
     Students must meet a number of accountability measures including
 academic progress and attendance requirements, and must also participate in
 state assessment tests.
     Because FLVA is a public school program, there is no cost to enroll.
 More information can be found at http://www.flva.org.
     About K12 Inc.
     K12 Inc. is a leading national provider of individualized, one-to-one
 learning solutions for students in online schools, distance education
 programs and traditional classrooms. In the 2006-07 academic year, the K12
 program was used by more than 27,000 students in 17 statewide online
 schools. Many of the top-performing online schools use the K12 curriculum
 and school services.
     K12 offers individualized learning solutions for students using an
 outstanding, highly effective curriculum that enables mastery of core
 concepts and skills for students of all abilities. The K12 program combines
 a cognitive science-based curriculum with individualized learning
 approaches, delivered by teachers specifically trained to educate in an
 online environment.
     K12 Inc. is accredited through the Commission on International and
 Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) and is the largest national K-12
 virtual school provider to be recognized by CITA. More information can be
 found at http://www.K12.com.
     (C) 2007 K12 Inc. K12 is a registered trademark, and the K12 logo is a
 trademark of K12 Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.

SOURCE Florida Virtual Academy