Colorado Connections Academy Meets State and Federal Accountability Standards

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Leading virtual school, Colorado Connections Academy, has met the federal mandated No Child Left Behind targets in reading, math and overall Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2007-08 school year.

Colorado Connections Academy

Meeting AYP means we are finding effective ways to use our innovative learning technology to ensure individualized academic success for our diverse body of students

Colorado Connections Academy (ColoCA), one of the state's leading providers of virtual education, has met the federal mandated No Child Left Behind targets in reading, math and overall Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measures in elementary and middle school for the 2007-08 school year. AYP measures are based on standardized test participation and performance by all categories of students in a school, from low-income students to gifted and talented students to children with disabilities. For the 2007-08 school year, ColoCA served students in K-9 grade. Grades 10-12 have been added for the 2008-09 school year.

"Meeting AYP means we are finding effective ways to use our innovative learning technology to ensure individualized academic success for our diverse body of students," said ColoCA School Principal Sarah Ault. "Accomplishing our goals for growth and improvement demonstrates our dedication to providing our students and families with the highest quality education. I am proud of our exceptionally qualified teachers and our excellent students."

Headquartered in Englewood, and contracted through Denver Public Schools, ColoCA is a virtual public school that serves students in grades K-12 across the state. ColoCA offers a unique, high-quality curriculum, which uses technology and more to deliver individualized instruction following a Personalized Learning Plan developed for each student.

ColoCA meets the needs of students who are, for a variety of reasons, better suited to learning outside the traditional classroom, but who can benefit from public school resources such as textbooks, daily assignments, professional teacher support and opportunities for peer interaction and community activities. Because ColoCA is a public school program, there is no tuition or fee to enroll. Students typically learn at home under the guidance of a certified Colorado teacher working closely with a parent or guardian.

ColoCA provides each family with a computer and subsidized Internet and superior technical support to facilitate communication and management of lessons. In addition to the state-of-the-art technology tools, students are provided with text books and work books and have opportunities to interact with other students through ColoCA-organized field trips.

ColoCA is enrolling students for the 2008-2009 school year through September 26th. A limited number of enrollments for 2008-2009 also will be available in January, 2009. Previous restrictions that mandated students must be enrolled in a Colorado public school the prior year have been lifted, and home-schooled students are now eligible for enrollment.

About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading national provider of high quality, highly accountable virtual public schools in thirteen states operated in partnership with charter schools, school districts, and state departments of education. Connections Academy schools deliver top-quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences to create a supportive and successful environment for children who want an individualized approach to education. In Connections Academy's unique Personalized Performance Learning® approach, students use daily lesson plans and curriculum materials provided by Connections Academy. Teachers develop a learning plan for each student, whose progress is tracked through a proprietary, web-based Learning Management System. In 2008-09 Connections Academy will serve students in Arizona, California (Southern and Central), Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri (through the Missouri Virtual Instruction Program), Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. In 2008-09 Connections Academy will offer grades K through 12, though some schools do not offer all grades. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit http://www.ConnectionsAcademy.com.

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Stefanie Clarke
Virgo Communications
303-554-9955 (office)
303-941-4844 (mobile)

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