Before a student currently in 10th through 12th grade can earn their free online high school diploma through Beacon Academy of Nevada, Nevada’s Online High School, he or she must pass four high-stakes standardized High School Proficiency Exams (HSPE). These exams are in reading, writing, math, and science. With the institutionalization of the Common Core State Standards for education, the HSPE have been realigned to meet these standards.
Starting with the class of 2017, the HSPE will be replaced with end of course high stakes test that will essentially carry the same requirements and expectations of the HSPE. Both of this high-stakes forms of testing are designed to evaluate student mastery of key subjects and impact all Nevada high schools’ performance under the Nevada State Performance Framework (NSPF). Student passing rates in reading/English Language Arts and Math accounts for 30% of each school’s NSPF.
With the critical nature of attaining the necessary level of mastery of the key concepts in each of the four testing areas, what is the best approach to helping students achieve this mastery and improve a school’s overall performance? This is a challenging question for Beacon Academy and all schools across Nevada and the nation.
At Beacon Academy of Nevada, a Nevada statewide high school, we have a philosophy of working with the student to achieve this mastery. This means that if a student does poorly on an assignment, quiz, or unit exam the student has the option of redoing that task. However, in order to have the opportunity to retake the assignment, quiz, or unit exam as they attend their accredited online high school courses, the student must review the material and demonstrate to the teacher he or she has done so.
Other options for the student include coming in for one-on-one tutoring or meeting their teacher online in a virtual online session for focused tutoring. Once the student has done this, he or she may redo the assignment or will be allowed to retake the quiz or unit exam.
The ultimate goal of Beacon Academy is for our students to achieve the mastery necessary to not only pass the HSPE but to be able to go to college, trade school, or pursue whatever dream they have for his or her future. When they have completed their online high school education, our students will be prepared for the future and to become productive members of society adding to this nation’s growth and stature in the world. If this approach to education appeals to you, then you have come to the right place; Beacon Academy!
One last but very important thing about attending Beacon Academy. Since we are a statewide virtual online high school, you can live in Clark County, Nye County, Lincoln County, Esmeralda County or Mineral County and be part of the Beacon Academy family and earn your high school education.
If you would like more information about Beacon Academy of Nevada, here are some helpful links you might want to review:
Beacon Academy of Nevada
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