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Connections Education of Florida, LLC Virtual Instruction Program (VIP)

Required Disclosures

Connections Education of Florida, LLC, is a part of the global education company Pearson, through Pearson’s Online and Blended Learning division. For accountability purposes we are shown on the Florida Department of Education website as Connections Education of Florida, LLC. However, for business purposes, contracts may also be written with Pearson or Pearson Online & Blended Learning K-12 USA.

As an approved VIP Provider, Connections Education of Florida, LLC, seeks to partner with districts for full-time virtual charter schools and full- and part-time District VIP programs.

The Connections Education of Florida, LLC Course List includes those courses that are currently approved in Florida; this list will be updated as additional courses are approved and will include the school year for which those courses are approved.

The Connections Education Curriculum Development and Revision Process provides an overview of how Connections Education creates its quality online curriculum.

The Florida Customer Handbook for Pearson Teacher Courses in Connexus®, including the Florida Appendix, contains policies for District VIP programs partnering with Connections Education of Florida, LLC. The Pearson Online and Blended Learning Employee Handbook contains employment policies and procedures for Connections Education of Florida, LLC District VIP teachers and staff.

Instructional Personnel

The document below contains the certification status and physical locations of administrative personnel.

View the Florida Administration Certification Report

The document below contains the instructional staff certification and qualifications.

View the 2018-19 FT VIP Teacher Certification Info 08072018

Hours and Times of Availability of Instructional Personnel

For District VIP partnerships, the school calendar may vary to comply with each district’s school calendar. A sample calendar for a standard school year program is found in the Florida Customer Handbook for Pearson Teacher Courses in Connexus® (see above). The Handbook also includes the full range of dates Connections Education of Florida, LLC teachers are available to support District VIP partnerships.

Because not all teachers serving District VIP programs are located in Florida, we have structured teacher hours of availability to account for the geographic diversity, and ensure that teachers are available to their students at least 8 hours each weekday:

  • All teachers are available to students and their families during core office hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.
  • All teachers will have additional office hours before or after the core hours; these hours will depend on the time zone in the teacher's state of residence.
  • Many teachers also have evening hours to accommodate student scheduling conflicts.
  • Each teacher's specific hours of availability will be posted within the Connexus platform and communicated to students via WebMail at the beginning of the school year.
  • As we partner with districts, additional details on teacher hours for each program will be made available to students and families via the district and through our Connexus education management system.

During office hours, all Connections Education of Florida, LLC teachers are available via WebMail (an internal email system) and telephone. They also conduct LiveLesson® (lessons and instruction conducted in real-time over the Internet) sessions. All voice mail and WebMail messages are returned within 24 hours when they are received Monday through Thursday. Messages received on Friday will be returned the next school day during the school calendar year. Teachers grade online student work within 48 hours/two business days of completion, and portfolio items within one week on the same basis as stated above. Students have 24/7 access to their grades and teacher comments on their school work through the grade book in Connexus (the Education Management System).

Student-Teacher Ratios

Core Courses

Elementary School (grades K–5): The average student-to-teacher ratio for elementary school core courses is 50:1. Teachers have an average of 50 students assigned to them as students in these grades have the same teacher for all of their core courses.

Middle School (grades 6–8): The average student-to-teacher ratio for middle school core courses is 35:1. Teachers have an average of 160–190 students assigned to them as teachers are assigned to particular subjects or grades and have multiple sections of students. In addition, each full-time middle school student has an Advisory Teacher or School Counselor who assists students and Learning Coaches with course selection, student transfers, graduation requirements, college and career planning, interpersonal counseling, and general academic guidance. If these teachers were included in the student-to-teacher ratio, it would be lower.

High School (grades 9–12): The average student to teacher ratio is 35:1 for core courses. Teachers have an average of 150–175 total students assigned to them.

Electives

Music (grades K–8): The average student-to-teacher ratio for music is 35:1. Teachers have an average of 190–200 students assigned to them.

Foreign Language (grades K–8): The average student-to-teacher ratio for foreign language is 35:1. Teachers have an average of 190–200 students assigned to them.

Art and Physical Education (K–8): Both Art and Physical Education are primarily self-directed courses with instruction embedded in the course. Students track their activities, and their activity reports are reviewed and graded by the teacher. Therefore, the average student-to-teacher ratio for Art and Physical Education is not relevant, but if it was calculated in a similar manner to other courses, it would be about 400:1.

High School (grades 9–12): The average student to teacher ratio is between 40:1 and 50:1 for electives. Teachers have an average of 150–175 total students assigned to them.

Student Completion & Promotion Rates

The document below contains data on completion and promotion rates.

View Student Completion Rates (FT VIP K-12)

Student, Educator, and School Performance Accountability Outcomes

Student Performance Data

Provider Grades and student standardized assessment results, in total and by subgroup, are provided in the documents below. Dropout and graduation rates are not reported here as that accountability belongs with the student’s home district.

View Student Performance Accountability (FT VIP grades K-12)

Provider Grades for Connections Education of Florida LLC

Letter Grade Performance for Statewide Programs Supported by Connections Education of Florida

Educator Performance Data

For the 2017-18 school year, 94.4% of teachers for the K-12 VIP program had satisfactory or better evaluations. Forty percent (40%) of the teacher evaluation was based on student performance. No teachers or staff left either voluntarily or involuntarily, for a teacher turnover rate of 0%.

NCAA Eligibility Information

Connections Education of Florida, LLC has many Florida-approved high school core and elective courses that also meet the NCAA Eligibility Center’s non-traditional core-course legislation. The Connections Education of Florida, LLC Course List (see above) denotes which courses approved for use in Florida also meet NCAA requirements.

The complete list of our NCAA approved courses are listed on the NCAA Eligibility Center website under Pearson Online and Blended Learning. Note: the NCAA website provides a complete list of NCAA-approved courses; however, not all courses on this list are currently available in Florida.