Connections Education of Florida, LLC Virtual Instruction Program (VIP)
Connections Education of Florida, LLC1, is a part of the global education company Pearson, through the Pearson Virtual
Schools’ 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 as Pearson, Pearson Online & Blended Learning K-12 USA, or Pearson
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 Curriculum Development and Revision Process provides an overview of how
Pearson creates its quality online curriculum.
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 denotes which courses
approved for use in Florida also meet NCAA requirements.
The complete list of our NCAA approved courses is 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.
School Policies and Procedures
The Pearson Connexus Customer Handbook and the Connexus Customer Handbook contain policies and procedures for District VIP
programs partnering with Connections Education of Florida, LLC. The Pearson Employee Handbook contains employment policies and procedures for
Connections Education of Florida, LLC District VIP teachers and staff.
Non-Sectarian and Anti-Discrimination
Practices that exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis
of ethnic group identification/ethnicity, marital status, race, color, national origin, ancestry,
sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, physical or mental disability, athletic
performance, language proficiency in English or another language, prior academic achievement, or age
in the admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services under any of the Pearson and its
affiliated entities’ educational programs and activities, or in employment practices, are
strictly prohibited. Age limitations may only be imposed in response to mandatory state-specific
requirements established by the laws of the state under which that particular partner school or
This non-discrimination statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 (Title 9), Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended
(ADA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of
Both Pearson and Connections Education of Florida, LLC are non-sectarian, are not affiliated with any
religious or political groups, and comply with Section 1000.05 Florida statutes.
Pearson Teachers are credentialed teachers who are the teacher of record for the course in which they
are sectioned. Teachers will:
- Send Welcome WebMail messages within 2-5 business days after the course start date
- Respond to WebMail messages and telephone calls within 1 business day
- Host LiveLesson® sessions and provide recordings
- Provide direct instruction that is teacher-initiated or in response to student-initiated
- Grade assignments, provide grading feedback, and assign final grades
- Moderate course discussions
- Follow protocols for synchronous communication and support related to student progress
- Implement Student Support Strategies
The Parent or Caretaker has full and final responsibility for the child’s education and
educational decision-making, and therefore must be available to both the District VIP partner and
the Connections Education of Florida teacher(s) as needed (generally during regular school hours)
for discussions related to the student’s educational and other program-related needs. At
minimum, the Caretaker must be available for the monthly phone contact with their student’s
teacher(s). All Caretakers are automatically given Caretaker access in Connections Education of
Florida E o’s proprietary education management system so they can provide oversight and
assistance to their student(s) as appropriate, and to see their student’s work and grades.
Students will have regular, ongoing contact with their C onnections Education of Florida teacher
through a combination of phone calls, WebMail messages, LiveLesson sessions, assessment feedback via
the Grade Book, and other communications tools. At minimum, each Connections Education of Florida
instructor in each course will conduct one contact via phone with the student and his/her
Caretaker/parent each month.
When enrolled in a course with a Pearson teacher, students are expected to adhere to the Pearson
Honor Code. The customer and Pearson are responsible for supplying the Pearson Student Honor Code to
students. If a student violates the Pearson Student Honor Code, Pearson teachers will consult the
appropriate Academic Integrity Policy (i.e. a district or program policy, or the Pearson policy). As
outlined under Required Program Information, programs or districts must provide a copy of their
academic integrity policy if they choose for Pearson to implement that policy.
Per Florida Statute 1002.455, all students, including home education and private school students, are
eligible to participate in the following virtual instruction program options offered by Connections
Education of Florida, LLC:
- District VIP part-time or full-time kindergarten through grade 12 virtual instruction programs
under s. 1002.45(1)(b) (covered in this Appendix and the Customer Handbook for Teaching Services
- Full-time virtual charter school instruction authorized under s. 1002.33 to students within the
school district or to students in other school districts throughout the state pursuant to s.
1002.31. (For information on full-time virtual charter schools partnering with Connections
Education of Florida, see the Connections Education of Florida, LLC Approved Provider web page.
Florida law mandates that students meet the following requirements in order to participate in VIP
partnerships offered by Connections Education of Florida:
- Students must reside in the state of Florida; AND
- Meet the age requirements according to Florida statutes including s. 1003.21.
State Assessment Requirements
All students participating in District VIP partnerships must take statewide assessments pursuant to
s. 1008.22 and in the state’s education performance accountability system under s. 1008.31.
Connections will work closely with all District VIP partners to communicate this requirement to
students and their Caretakers.
Statewide assessments may be administered within the school district in which such student resides,
or as specified in the District’s contract with Connections Education of Florida , in
accordance with s. 1008.24 (3). If requested by either Connections Education of Florida the District
VIP partner, the district of residence must provide the student with access to the district’s
Attendance and Participation Requirements
All District VIP partner students must comply with the compulsory attendance requirements of
s.1003.21. Student attendance must be verified by the school district.
The following Recommended Hours Per Week and Required Hours Per Year are provided to help students,
their families, and their teachers ensure students both meet Florida hours of attendance
requirements and remain on pace to complete their coursework on time.
||Recommended Hours Per Week
||Required Hours Per Year
The document below contains the certification status and physical locations of administrative
View the Florida Administration Certification Report
The document below contains the instructional staff certification and qualifications.
View the 2020-21 FT VIP Teacher Certification Info
Hours and Times of Availability of Instructional Personnel
For District VIP partnerships, the school calendar may vary to comply with each district’s
We have structured teacher hours of availability to ensure that teachers are available to their
students at least eight 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 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 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
schoolwork through the grade book in the education management system
Elementary School (grades K–5): The average student-to-teacher ratio for elementary school core
courses is 52:1. Teachers have an average of 52 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 43:1. Teachers have an average of 175–200 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 43:1 for core courses.
Teachers have an average of 175–200 total students assigned to them.
Music (grades K–8): The average student-to-teacher ratio for music is 52:1. 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
43:1. Teachers have an average of 175–200 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 43:1 and 52:1 for
electives. Teachers have an average of 175–200 total students assigned to them.
Student Completion & Promotion Rates
Connections Education of Florida LLC served less than 10 students that would fall under any of the
accountability categories. Through contractual agreements, Connections Education of Florida did
serve virtual public charter school students. As public charter schools, they have their own
accountability metrics and are not considered as part of the VIP program and thus are not included
Student, Educator, and School Performance Accountability Outcomes
Provider grades are included in the document below. Student performance accountability grades are
unavailable for the 2020-21 school year as there were no students participating in a district VIP
program with Connections teachers during this time. However, approved provider status was maintained
to provide services to Florida Connections Academy.
Provider Grades for Connections Education of Florida LLC
Currently, there are no Connections Education of Florida teachers actively teaching a course as part
of the VIP program.
Upon request, Connections Education of Florida will provide access to the Department to provide a
virtual walk-through of a course during the review phase of application process.
To gain access to a Connections Education of Florida course, please send a request for the designated
program contact, whose contact information is listed below.
A request for access should include the following:
- Name of the course, or courses, you would like to access.
- Number of users who will need access, and their names and contact information.
- Length of time that you will require access.
Once we receive this request, our Applications Management group will create demo accounts for the
requested users and place them into the appropriate courses. This process should take about one to
two weeks to complete from the time that the request is received. When the placement process is
complete, users will be sent user information, and will be contacted to set up a walk-through of how
to navigate our courses.
Alternatively, you may access a sample course demonstrations on the Connections Academy web site (note this
is a sample and does not necessarily reflect specific FL course offerings).
Program Contact Information: