Drastically reduce funding loss to cyber schools
Provide a full online curriculum to students
Improve 4-year graduation rates
Expand curricular offerings to students
High-Impact professional development for teacher and administrators
Boost technology integration in the classroom
Provide flexible scheduling opportunities to students
Fully integrate online learning into the school culture
The Westmoreland Intermediate Unit individually contracts with teachers to teach for the consortium. We pay teachers per student per course. Social Security and PSERS are included in the teachers' pay rates.
No. Any member district can enroll students in online courses regardless of the number of teachers they have participating
The consortium has placed the WIU in charge of overseeing teachers in the consortium and the WIU has a principal position in place to guide teachers and ensure quality instruction. Teachers do not receive formal evaluations as part of Teacher Effectiveness because they are not subject to Act 82 as part of their role as a consortium teacher. However, teachers are given performance reviews to promote their growth and development as an online teacher.
Your district is responsible for providing an Online Education Advisor who will serve as the point person for your district. He or she will be responsible for enrolling students, meeting with families to discuss the decision, monitoring student progress, communicating with teachers and the WIU.
All grades are reported in the form of a percentage and your district can “convert” that percentage to a letter grade as necessary. eAcademy does NOT issue report cards. Your district will issue your online students report cards.
Each year, the WIU meets with PDE to determine how PIMS should be reported according to their changes, etc. Currently, the WIU reports teachers for HQT and students for the course enrollment template. There is no attribution of student scores to teachers through PVAAS.
Teachers must have successfully completed the online training through the WIU in order to teach for the consortium, be actively employed by a member school, and be certified in the content area in which they are teaching. Districts have the option to put a non-trained teacher in place to teach their students, but that teacher will not be eligible to teach for other districts.
The WIU can provide your district with a laptop equipped with Verizon Wireless Internet service to distribute to your online students. The WIU will fully support and maintain that equipment and service on behalf of your district.