eSchool Application Form

The final Application Process, Form and Rubric documents were posted on ODE’s website and emailed to all sponsors and community schools on May 31, 2013. The final Application Process, Form and Rubric documents are required to be used and submitted to ODE by June 14 at 11:59 P.M. The eSchool application process is designed to determine an applicant’s eligibility and capacity to develop and operate a high quality eSchool. An eSchool, also referred to as an online school and defined as an internet or computer-based community school pursuant to Section 3314.02 of the Revised Code, is a community school in which the enrolled students work primarily from their residences on assignments in non-classroom-based learning opportunities provided via an internet- or other computer-based instructional method that does not rely on regular classroom instruction or via comprehensive instructional methods that include internet-based, other computer-based, and noncomputer-based learning opportunities. Online community school, eSchool and internet- or computerbased community school have the same meaning. For purposes of this application, an out-of-state school may be considered an eSchool if it is an online public charter school. Pursuant to Division 3314.02(A)(8) of the Ohio Revised Code, “operator” means either of the following: (1) an individual or organization that manages the daily operations of a community school pursuant to a contract between the operator and the school’s governing authority; or (2) a nonprofit organization that provides programmatic oversight and support to a community school under a contract with the school’s governing authority and that retains the right to terminate its affiliation with the school if the school fails to meet the organization’s quality standards. For purposes of this application, an out-of-state school may be considered a community school if it is a public charter school. eSchool Application information Applicants will be evaluated based on their assessed ability to meet the statutory measures as defined by Ohio Administrative Code Section 3301-102-09 (A)(7). The five measures below will be used to assess the experience and quality of applicants to develop new internet or computer-based community schools per Section 3314.013 of the Ohio Revised Code: I. II. III. IV. V. The sponsor’s experience with online community schools The operator’s experience with online community/charter schools The sponsor’s community schools’ records of academic performance The operator’s affiliated community/charter schools’ records of academic performance A preference for community school operators with previous experience in Ohio

In addition to the above, the Superintendent of Public Instruction will review sponsor and operator experience in terms of statutory compliance.
Interest and Philosophy (This section is not scored but is included to provide ODE with general information about the proposed new eSchool).

5/31/2013

Page 1

Describe your organization’s interest in operating a new eSchool. Include clear and concise answers to the following items: • name of new eSchool; • vision and mission for the eSchool; • student population (demographics, ages and grade levels); and • enrollment area. Boxes will expand as you type Mosaica Online Academy of Ohio will be based in the Columbus School District and serve students statewide in grades K-12. Mosaica Online of Ohio’s mission will be to provide K-12 students a rigorous online academic program designed to utilize the best aspects of both synchronous and asynchronous instruction, featuring world-class content and college preparatory skill building. Through compelling inquiry-based learning, Mosaica Online of Ohio will instill in students intellectual curiosity and a sense of their unique purpose and strengths. The Vision of Mosaica Online is to create a dynamic community of learners residing in communities throughout the state of Ohio, united in their commitment to learning and achievement. Whether they live in rural towns, in big cities or in growing suburbs, families will bring their students to Mosaica Online of Ohio to prepare them for post-secondary education and a lifetime of purpose and service. The school’s students will be inspired toward greatness, served by highly professional teaching corps dedicated to the unique learning needs of every individual student. Mosaica Online will provide programs which feature world class content and college preparatory skill building with compelling inquiry based learning that is designed to spark students’ intellectual curiosity and instill an understanding of their unique purpose and areas of strength. Mosaica’s balanced approach combines high tech online learning with personalized, teacher led instruction which may occur online or in a face-to-face environment, depending on the chosen learning model. Mosaica students develop a strong sense of community and cooperation as they learn both to support and to lead team initiatives. But most of all, at Mosaica Online, students come to love learning and discover where their strengths really lie – whether its math, the sciences, arts or another discipline. At Mosaica Online, we do more than provide students with a solid education – we prepare them for the future and instill a love of learning that lasts a lifetime. Mosaica Online’s parent company Mosaica Education, Inc. is accredited by AdvancEd and will attain accreditation in its entirety by becoming a member of the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS) and meeting the requirements of R277-413. Mosaica Online offers a full line of curricula for students in grades K-12, which utilizes a combination of vendor-created and instructor-designed materials. Our Core Program focuses on forming strong skills in Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts (ELA) and World Languages, while Arts and Humanities provide complimentary, well-rounded opportunities for learning. All coursework is aligned to the iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) National Standards for Quality Online Course and Common Core Standards.

2

Mosaica Online curriculum and teaching strategies accommodate the needs of a diverse set of learning styles. Students eager to stretch their horizons and discover their true potential, and those students who require more time-on-task, find themselves equally at home with Mosaica Online’s individual, self-directed learning. Our personalized courses spark student interest and open a world of engagement.

The eSchool Application
Rating the Application
A composite rating of the application will be based on multiple reviewers coming to a consensus on the merits of the information provided for each of the 5 application sections below. The application can receive a maximum possible score of 100 points, distributed over the 5 sections of the application as follows: I. II. III. IV. V. Sponsor’s experience with eSchools (20 possible points) The operator’s experience with eSchools (20 possible points) The sponsor’s schools’ records of academic performance in all years under its sponsorship (25 possible points) The operator’s affiliated schools’ records of academic performance in all years under its operation (25 possible points) A preference for operators with previous experience in Ohio (10 possible points)

Scored eSchool Application Sections:
I. Sponsor’s experience with eSchools (20 possible points) Clearly and concisely describe the sponsor’s experience with eSchools, including but not limited to: • the names of eSchools, and • calendar years for which the sponsor provided monitoring and technical assistance for each eSchool. The box will expand as you type 1. Alternative Education Academy (OHDELA) (IRN 143396) sponsored starting in the 2001-2002 school year, currently in the 12th year of sponsorship by the Ohio Council of Community Schools. 2. Ohio Virtual Academy (IRN 142950) sponsored starting in the 2002-2003 school year currently in the 11th year of sponsorship by the Ohio Council of Community Schools. 3. Ohio Connections Academy (IRN 000236) sponsored starting in the 2003-2004 school year, currently in the 10th year of sponsorship by the Ohio Council of Community Schools. Total years of experience sponsoring eSchools by the Ohio Council of Community Schools – 33 years.

3

II. The operator’s experience with eSchools (20 possible points) Clearly and concisely describe the operator’s experience with eSchools, including but not limited to: • the names of eSchools, and • calendar years for which the operator managed the daily operations of each eSchool and/or provided programmatic oversight and support to each eSchool. The box will expand as you type Mosaica Online currently operates three eSchools schools in California, Arizona, and Colorado. Mercury Online Academy of Southern California was chartered by NuView School district in 2009; Mercury Online Academy of Arizona was chartered in 2010 by the state of Arizona; and Great Plains Academy started in 2013 by Byers School District. All three schools are 100% online and Mosaica Online has been solely responsible for the daily operations and programmatic oversight. Our three eSchools are in various stages of development. Great Plains Academy started in the fall of 2012 therefore performance on state testing is not available. Mercury Online Academy of Southern California and Mercury Online Academy of Arizona changed their programming from a hybrid model which included either one or five days at a school based center. This model did not support our innovative programing therefore 2012-13 represented Year 1 of a 100% online model. Overall, Mercury Online Academy students demonstrated Scaled Score gains on the Scantron Performance Series in Reading and Math. Grades 2, 4, 5, and 6 all achieved or exceeded Mosaica’s target 1.25 year’s growth in Reading (1.34, 1.47, 1.74, and 1.61, respectively), and Mercury 3rd graders achieved 1.34 year’s growth in Math.

III. The academic performance of the sponsor’s schools in all years under its sponsorship: 1. Part A – Sponsor’s Performance Index Score, per ORC 3314.016 as identified by the Ohio Department of Education is 85.0. 2. Part B – Weighted average of the Sponsor’s Performance Index Score for all years that are available is 77.8. 3. Part C – The Ohio Council of Community schools sponsored one (1) school that was rated Excellent with Distinction; one (1) school rated excellent; nine (9) schools rated effective, and sixteen (16) schools rated as Continuous Improvement during the 2011-12 school year. IV. The academic performance record of the operator’s affiliated schools’ records in all years under its affiliation (25 possible points) List all Ohio community schools with which the operator has been affiliated and the calendar years of that affiliation. For this section, community schools’ academic data will be drawn from the Local Report Card, as presented in the Annual Report on Community Schools, Table 1, on the Office of Community School’s webpage. 4

For all affiliated out-of-state public charter schools, provide academic data and applicable state performance ratings assigned to the school for the most recent academic year. Include information about each school’s respective state’s performance rating system. The box will expand as you type Mosaica Education operates brick and mortar and eSchools throughout the United States. Ohio – Please see question V for the academic rating and information on our 12 Ohio schools. Other States: Arizona: Information on State rating system can be found at http://www.azed.gov/researchevaluation/files/2012/08/2012-a-f-letter-grades-guide-for-parents.pdf • District (LEA): Ahwatukee Foothills Prep (AFP)( District CTDS 078501000 District Entity ID 85875); FY12 District Grade = B o School #1 Mosaica Preparatory Academy of Chandler (MPAC) (Brick and Mortar CTDS 078501001; Brick and Mortar Entity ID School 85881) FY12 School Grade = B); Report Card http://www10.ade.az.gov/ReportCard/SchoolSummary.aspx?id=85881&ReportLevel=1 o School #2 Mercury Online Academy of Arizona (Chandler, AZ) (Online CTDS 07-85-01-002; Online Entity ID is 91184) FY12 School Grade = C; Report Card http://www10.ade.az.gov/ReportCard/SchoolSummary.aspx?id=91184&ReportLevel=1 Students attending Mercury Online Academy of Arizona made positive Scaled Score gains in Reading, Math, Language Arts and Science on the Scantron Performance Series assessment. 56% of students achieved 4th quartile, or Above Average, designation on their performance in Reading, 46% of students achieved 4th quartile, or Above Average, designation in Math, 36% in Language Arts, and 48% in Science. Overall, 78% of Mercury Online Academy of Arizona students performed at High Average (quartile 3) or Above Average (quartile 4) in Reading, and 60% of students achieved the same High or Above Average performance in Math. (based on SS Growth AZ-Whole School and Whole School Performance Band reports- Mercury Online Overall Gains) • District: Ahwatukee Foothills Prep Early College HS, Inc.(District CTDS 078582000; District Entity ID 90758) No grade earned; school too small o School #2 Mercury Online High School (Statewide) (CTDS: 078582002; Entity: 91246) No grade earned; school too small); Report card http://www10.ade.az.gov/ReportCard/SchoolSummary.aspx?id=91246&ReportLevel=1 • District: Phoenix Advantage Charter School (Phoenix, AZ) (District CTDS 078714000; District Entity ID 4338FY12) District Grade = C o School #1 Phoenix Advantage Charter School (School #1 CTDS 078714001; School #1 Entity 5

ID School 5512) FY12 School Grade = C; Report card http://www10.ade.az.gov/ReportCard/SchoolSummary.aspx?id=5512&ReportLevel=1 • District: West Valley Arts & Technology Academy (District CTDS 078548000 Entity ID 90036FY12 District Grade = C o School Site #1 Riverbend Prep (Levine, AZ) (School CTDS 078548101; Entity ID 90037) FY12 School Grade = C; Report Card http://www10.ade.az.gov/ReportCard/SchoolSummary.aspx?id=90037&ReportLevel=1 California: Information on State rating system http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ay/ • Mercury Online Academy of Southern California (Statewide, California) (State Identifier: 120279) 2012 STAR: Mercury Online Academy of Southern California did not make AYP in the 2011-12 SY, having met 7 of 15 AYP Criteria. On the Academic Performance Index, or API, an additional indicator for AYP, the school earned a score of 627. This item shows whether the school met the federal target for the API. The API is used to meet part of the federal AYP requirements under ESEA. A school must have a minimum API of 740 or have at least one point growth in the API in addition to meeting the other federal AYP targets (participation rate, percent proficient, and graduation rate) in order to make AYP for 2012. The federal API requirements differ from the state API requirements. However, preliminary 2012-13 STAR data indicate that the percentage of Mercury Online of Southern California students achieving Proficient and Advanced scores have increased in ELA from 29% to 59%. Additionally, Math scores have increased from 13% P/A to 30% of students achieving at the top performance levels. More importantly, the percentage of students designated at Far Below Basic and Basic performance indicators have decreased from 40% in 2011-12 to only 16% in ELA 2012-13, and from 54% in 2011-12 to 39% in Math this year. This movement of large numbers of students out of the lowest two performance levels and many more students achieving at the top two performance categories is reflective of the impact of the leadership, programming, and instructional strategies provided by Mercury Online, and should positively affect the API and AYP for 2012-13. Colorado – Information on State rating system can be found at http://www.cde.state.co.us/accountability/PerformanceFrameworks.asp Report Cards for all schools can be found at https://edx.cde.state.co.us/SchoolView/DataCenter/reports.jspx?_afrWindowMode=0&_afrLoop=57416 85455867758&_adf.ctrl-state=rmn1pq9w9_34 • T.R. Paul Academy of Arts and Knowledge (Ft. Collins, CO) (District code 8001; school code 0657) – Performance. • Banning Lewis Ranch Academy (Colorado Springs, CO) (District code 1110; school code 0555) – Performance. • Space Technology And Arts Academy (Star Academy) (Colorado Springs, CO) (District code 1010; school code 8359) – Priority Improvement

6

• Great Plains Academy – (Statewide, CO) – Year 1 School. State data not available but Students attending Great Plains Academy in Colorado achieved positive Scaled Score growth on the Scantron Performance Series assessment in three of four content areas - Reading, Math, and Language Arts. A small 23 point Scaled Score drop was observed on the Science assessment (SE of Mean Difference: 45), however, of those in attendance for the final assessment in May, 70% of Colorado students achieved Above Average (quartile 4) or High Average (quartile 3) designations. It is important to note two variables impacting the data; the number of students assessed on the Fall metric was quite small and the continual addition of new students to the school both affect the comparison of Fall to Spring data. (based on SS Growth CO-Whole School and Whole School Performance Band reports- Mercury Online Overall Gains) Georgia: Information on State rating system http://www.gaosa.org/reportinfo.aspx • Atlanta Preparatory Academy (Atlanta, GA) (NCES ID 130012003843) – Did not make AYP; Report card available at http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/Pages/By-School.aspx • DeKalb Preparatory Academy (Decatur, GA) – Year 1 school – state data not available

Illinois – Information on State rating system can be found at http://isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/report_card/2012/rc12-definition.pdf • Frazier Prep Academy Elementary School (Chicago, Illinois) (NCES ID 170993005934) – Did not make AYP in 2011-12 but did for 5 years prior; Report Card http://webprod.isbe.net/ereportcard/publicsite/getReport.aspx?year=2012&code=S1501629902946_E.p df Michigan – Information on state rating system https://www.mischooldata.org/DistrictSchoolProfiles/ReportCard/GuideToReadingSchoolReportCards.p df Report Card information for all schools can be found at https://www.mischooldata.org/DistrictSchoolProfiles/ReportCard/SchoolReportCard/SchoolReportCard. aspx • Bay County Public School Academy (Bay County, MI) – (District code 09902; School code 08856) Made AYP and 12 out of 12 Participation and Proficiency targets • Discovery Arts and Technology Academy (Inkster, MI) (District code 82988; School code 09607) – Made AYP and 12 out of 12 Participation and Proficiency targets • Bingham Arts Academy (Alpena, MI) (District code 04901; School code 09444) – Made AYP and 12 out of 12 Participation and Proficiency targets • Pontiac Arts and Technology Academy (Pontiac, MI) (District code 63915; School code 08855) – Did not make AYP but made 19 out of 20 Participation and Proficiency targets.

7

North Carolina – Information on state rating system http://www.ncreportcards.org/src/chrtMoreInfo.jsp?iId=209 • STEAM Academy of Winston Salem (Winston Salem, NC) (State Identifier 34C); School of Progress-High Growth; Report Card Data http://www.ncreportcards.org/src/schDetails.jsp?pYear=20112012&pLEACode=34C&pSchCode=000 Pennsylvania – Information about the state rating system http://paayp.emetric.net/Home/About: • Fell Charter School (Simpson, Pennsylvania) (AUN# 119350001); 2012 Made AYP; Report Card http://paayp.emetric.net/Content/reportcards/RC12D119350001.PDF • Birney Preparatory Academy (Philadelphia, PA) (AUN # 126519476); Did Not Make AYP – 1st year as a charter school (2011-12); Report Card http://paayp.emetric.net/Content/reportcards/RC12S126519476000008206.PDF Washington, D.C. – Information on state rating system http://nclb.osse.dc.gov/aboutayp.asp • Howard Road Academy PCS (Washington, D.C.) (NCES ID 110002900245) DC does not assign identifier numbers. Did not make AYP in 2011; Report Card Data http://nclb.osse.dc.gov/twoaypstatus.asp

V. A preference for operators with previous experience in Ohio (10 possible points) Provide specific information on the names, dates and locations of the operator’s previous experiences developing and/or managing the daily operations of schools in Ohio. The box will expand as you type Mosaica Education began operating schools in Ohio in the fall of 2004 and currently operates 12 Community Schools in the state. Nine out of twelve are in Continuous Improvement or better with one school with a two year Excellent with Distinction rating and three with Effective ratings. • Academy of Arts and Sciences (Lorain) (008064) Year 1 2005-2006 – Continuous Improvement • Arts and Science Preparatory Academy (Cleveland) (008061) Year 1 2005-2006 – Continuous Improvement • Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy (Cleveland) (007995) Year 1 2005-2006 Effective • Columbus Arts & Technology Academy (Columbus) (000557) Year 1 2004-2005 Effective • Columbus Humanities, Arts & Technology Academy (Columbus) (000553) Year 1 20042005 – Continuous Improvement

8

• Columbus Preparatory Academy (Columbus) (000558) Year 1 2004-2005 – Excellent with Distinction • Cornerstone Academy Community (Westerville) (133439) Year 1 of charter 2000-2001; st 1 year with Mosaica 2005 – Continuous Improvement • Foundation Academy (Mansfield) (009192) Year 1 2007-2008 – Continuous Improvement • Mansfield Preparatory Academy of Excellence (Lorain) (008000) Year 1 2006-2007 Effective • Star Academy of Toledo (Toledo) (009171) – Year 1 2007-2008; 1st year with Mosaica 2011 Academic Emergency • STEAM Academy of Warren (Warren) (012644) Year 1 2011-12 – Academic Watch – Only in 2nd Year • Youngstown Academy of Excellence (Youngstown) (007984) Year 1 2005-2006 – Academic Emergency Each application will be rated using the criteria included in the eSchool Application Rubric and receive a composite score by adding the scores from each of the 5 sections in the rubric. In addition to the composite score, information pertaining to sponsor and operator experience in terms of statutory compliance will be reviewed. Each applicant’s awarded point value for each of the five measures, the composite score, and information about the sponsor and operator experience in terms of statutory compliance will be considered by the Superintendent of Public Instruction in making decisions regarding the approval or disapproval of submitted and reviewed applications. Decisions regarding approval and disapproval are based on an applicant’s scores on measures of experience and quality per Section 3314.013 of the Ohio Revised Code. The Superintendent of Public Instruction may approve up to five applications for new eSchools to open for the 2013-14 school-year.

9

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful