Enrolling Students to Excel at OCPS Acceleration Academy

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					Case Study:
Orange County Public Schools - Florida

Spotlight School: OCPS Acceleration Academy HS

Other Insight Locations at the District: West Orange HS, Lake Whitney Elementary,
Hiawassee Elementary, Azalea Park Elementary

March 2011
Prepared: Insight Sales Group


School Profile
 School name               Orange County Acceleration Academy
 District                  Orange County, Florida
 Address                   2274 S. Semoran Blvd.
 City, state, ZIP Code     Orlando, FL 32822
 Phone number              407-992-0917
 Web site address

 Type of School            High School
 Number of Students        500
 Special Classifications   High Profile

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School Overview
The Acceleration Academy High School is a very high profile school, both in OCPS as well as across the state of
Florida. The principal Dr. Epps, is a very energetic administrator that entertains visitors from across the district
and state that travel to see what they are accomplishing there. Many Board members are also frequent guests at
the school as well, and use the progress there often to tout gains that can be achieved.
The school has a very high emphasis on improving performance, and have shown considerable gains in student
progress over the past two or three years.

The Acceleration Academy placed a high degree of importance on frequent testing and evaluation of students to
gain insight into what was learned, and what still needed to be learned. For benchmark testing, the school had
been relying on the three annual practice exams as mandated by the district, though from the challenges
associated with the process, were not considered a primary method for establishing baselines for students (too
much time between testing and results).

Technical Environment
The Technical environment at the high school is extremely advanced when compared to other schools, both in the
district as well as across the state of Florida. The school has whiteboards in every classroom; many with
computers for all students, are nearly all with Interactive Student Response Systems.

Goals for the School
The school administration team for the Acceleration Academy had a goal: to create a more data driven classroom
environment for each teacher, by incorporating the use of technology already in place within the school.
       The administration team wanted to implement a localized benchmark assessment in order to prepare for
        the FCAT on their own schedule
       Provide each teacher with the ability to consistently monitor student progress throughout the school year.
       To bring assessment activity and RTI opportunities into the classroom for use by teachers on a daily

Insight Solution
The LearningStation team deployed the Insight School platform for all teachers and administrators within the
school. After initial trainings and follow up with both teachers and staff, an additional program for professional
development for the teachers was implemented to increase proficiency in the use of the Insight platform, as well
as assessment tools in general.

Benefits and Success Highlights
       Teachers at the Acceleration Academy are using Insight to integrate text book and end of course exams
        with their learner response devices.
       Teachers are also using Insight to deliver bell work to their class - students are logging into their Insight
        account and answering questions set up as a daily assignment.

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      Lead teachers are building their own question banks inside of the Insight Platform in order to create
       custom assessments. These assessments are aligned to Florida Sunshine State standards and teachers
       are receiving weekly feedback on their student progress against these state standards.
      School administrators have created and delivered a school-wide benchmark assessments in preparation
       for the FCAT test in April.
      The administration team is using FCAT practice tests using content taken directly from the Florida
       Department of Education website and delivering these FCAT practice tests through the Insight Platform.
      Teachers at the Acceleration Academy are printing out their Test Reports from the Insight Assessment
       Platform for their data notebooks (data notebooks are required in the district). Teachers in each
       department collaborate during their bi-monthly meetings to discuss the contents of these data notebooks.

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Description: - CCS Presentation Systems partner LearningStation deployed their Insight School platform on Orange County Public Schools’ Acceleration Academy which empowers students today for a bright future tomorrow. The schools goal was to create a more data driven classroom environment for teacher by incorporating technology that was already in place at the school. See how the teachers and administration used the Insight Program in various ways.