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ERIC Number: EJ859275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1052-8938
Distance Learning and the CES Common Principles
Hallisey, Jennie
Horace, v25 n1 Sum 2009
In 2001, Boston Day and Evening Academy (BDEA) started its Distance Learning Program (DL) to serve students who could not come to school on a regular basis. Because it is by design a competency-based school, the opportunity to have a program where students truly demonstrated the required skill set rather than just attending specific courses met the school's mission. Initially, the DL program was designed for a specified group of students who met the criteria of being able to demonstrate independent study skills and had issues that kept them from attending school regularly. BDEA aimed to lease school-owned laptops to them so they could complete a competency-based program from home. BDEA students have had interruptions in their high school careers; generally speaking, students have had a rough road of it. Because of the independent nature of the DL program, the school members prefer that students are at least 18 years old, have had some time in high school, have passed at least one if not two of the required Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests, and have a significant reason for not being able to attend school regularly. When students enter the DL program, the program instructors design an academic plan based on what the students' transcripts and progress reflect. The program is not a "one-size fits all" curriculum. Each student has his or her own academic plan and schedule, based on the school-wide, competency-based Individualized Learning Plan frameworks. Once teachers establish their students' status in terms of demonstrated competencies, they can establish a "prescription for completion." BDEA students must complete three major requirements in order to graduate; competency demonstration, MCAS passage, and Capstone Project completion.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System