August 26, 2008

Ohio Connections Academy Achieves Annual Yearly Progress Goals for Second Consecutive Year


Contact: Hinda Mitchell or Heidi May, both of Connections Academy, +1-614-224-0600

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ohio Connections Academy (OCA), a statewide virtual public "e-school," has met No Child Left Behind reading, math and overall Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measures for the 2007-2008 school year. This marks the second consecutive year OCA has achieved AYP, and it is the only statewide e-school with at least 200 enrolled students to do so.

AYP is based on standardized test participation and performance by all categories of students in a school, from low-income students to children with disabilities. The 2007-2008 report from the Ohio Department of Education also includes a new value-added measure, calculated for grades 4-8 in reading and mathematics. Value-added measures the progress districts and schools have made with their students over time. OCA also met the expected gains on the value- added measure.

"This report reflects the dedication and hard work of our outstanding teachers and the commitment of Ohio Connections Academy's students and families," said Ray Lambert, OCA principal. "Our continued progress in meeting AYP two years in a row illustrates that our innovative uses of technology for learning, combined with personalized instruction and flexibility, can produce academic success over multiple years for our school's diverse student population."

Along with meeting its AYP and value-added goals, OCA continued to show steady progress on other aspects of the state's accountability system. The Ohio Department of Education's Performance Index Score reflects the proficiency on state tests of a school's students in grades 3-8 and 10; examining the Index Score over time shows the school's achievement trends. OCA's Performance Index Score has increased steadily over the last several years to 88.2 percent this year, a gain of about 2.3 percent from last year.

"This report acknowledges what our Board has recognized for years -- that Ohio Connections Academy has built a team of highly qualified teachers to provide our students with an exceptional education," said Gene Schuster, president of OCA's board of directors. "While we are pleased to have met AYP for two consecutive years, our commitment to continued improvement is ongoing, and we are redoubling our efforts to enhance these indicators across all grade levels in the coming school year."

OCA has been operating in Ohio since 2003. OCA is a unique public charter school that combines the expertise and accountability of public education, the strong parental involvement of home schooling and the flexibility of technology-enhanced learning. The school currently serves approximately 1,200 Ohio students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

About Connections Academy

Connections Academy is a leading national provider of high quality, highly accountable virtual public schools in thirteen states operated in partnership with charter schools, school districts, and state departments of education. Connections Academy schools deliver top quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences to create a supportive and successful environment for children who want an individualized approach to education. In Connections Academy's unique Personalized Performance Learning(R) approach, students use daily lesson plans and curriculum materials provided by Connections Academy. Teachers develop a learning plan for each student, whose progress is tracked through a proprietary, web-based Learning Management System. In 2008- 09 Connections Academy will serve students in Arizona, California (Southern and Central), Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri (through the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program), Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. In 2008- 09 Connections Academy will offer grades K through 12, though some schools do not offer all grades. For more information, call 800-382- 6010 or visit

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