State’s Largest Online School Receives Charter Extension
TEC Connections Academy Approved By DESE For Five More Years, Enrollment Opens For 2017-2018 School Year
Walpole, MA (March 1, 2017)—TEC Connections Academy (TECCA), the Commonwealth’s largest virtual school, was granted a five-year Certificate extension by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
In his recommendation to the Board of Education, Commissioner Mitchell Chester said, “In recommending that the Board renew the certificate for TECCA for an additional five years, rather than the minimum of three years, I am giving the school the opportunity to build on its early gains and demonstrate a solid track record of performance.”
TECCA serves over 1,300 students from across Massachusetts in grades K-12 and employs more than 50 teachers and support personnel at its Walpole learning center.
Since its inception in 2014, DESE regularly visited TECCA to observe teachers conducting LiveLessons® and other activities. With the progress TECCA has made in enrollment, engagement and student participation, DESE extended the school’s charter beyond the typical three-year agreement to five years.
“I wish to thank Commissioner Chester and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for the granting of TECCA’s next (five-year) Certificate. I am extremely proud of the entire TECCA community for the accomplishment of this wonderful milestone,” said TECCA Superintendent Adam Goldberg. “Our staff, teachers, parents and students all work together to make each school day a success and we continue to see the outcomes from our hard work. The faculty and staff at TECCA take very seriously our commitment to personalizing student’s schooling experience through our full-time virtual learning environment so each and every student finds success. This five-year Certificate will truly allow TECCA to demonstrate to the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts the value that CMVS’ add within our strong educational community.”
TECCA’s progress is noted in results of the school’s annual survey of parents, which was completed by an independent third party. Eighty-seven percent of parents indicate they would recommend the school to other families, and 92 percent say their children are satisfied with TECCA’s program. Eighty-four percent of parents gave TECCA an “A” or “B” grade, whereas public school ratings from the 47th Annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools shows that traditional public schools received 70 percent “A” or “B” grades from parents. Over 90 percent of parents surveyed are also satisfied with the helpfulness of their TECCA teachers and agree that the curriculum is high quality.
All TECCA students participate in the nationally accredited Connections Academy program that combines high-quality resources from leading publishers with cutting-edge, yet easy-to-use, technology tools and hands-on materials. Learning from home, students work closely with licensed Massachusetts teachers using detailed daily lesson plans that can be personalized to meet individual student needs. A parent, or another adult “Learning Coach,” helps to monitors progress in the home.
Open enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year starts March 1. Families are encouraged to visit the school’s website to learn more about the online program and begin the enrollment process. For more information, call (774) 315-5123 or visit www.TECConnectionsAcademy.com.
About TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School
TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School (TECCA) is Massachusetts’ newest statewide, tuition-free, virtual public school for students in grades K-12. The school was approved in February 2014 by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and is now serving students for the 2016-2017 school year, delivering a fully-accredited education. TECCA provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere there is an Internet connection and with an innovative online school curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of Massachusetts-credentialed teachers, an award-winning curriculum, engaging electives, technology tools, and social experiences provides a supportive online learning opportunity for students who want an individualized approach to education. The virtual school is sponsored by The Education Cooperative (TEC). For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit www.TECConnectionsAcademy.com.