MVS Practices and Procedures
Course Standards and Review
Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Guide
The Maryland Virtual learning Opportunities Program provides two types of online courses and resources to support student achievement:
- Online courses for high school credit
- Online course/curriculum resources to support success on the High School Assessments
Online Course/Curriculum Resources to Support Success on the High School Assessments
MSDE has developed four online courses/curriculum resources in Algebra/Data Analysis, American Government, Biology, and English that can be used by schools and teachers as part of their regular class instruction, as part of intervention or remediation efforts, as an extension to the instruction for students who have been absent, need extra practice, extended time or a additional way of learning the materials, and/or part of outreach efforts with parent and community support groups. The courses can also be used as a regular credit bearing online course.
The Online Courses/Curriculum Resources are designed to be flexible so that teachers can use them as a whole course, use whole units within course, or just use some of the lessons and assessments. The content of the courses is directly aligned with the Core Learning Goals in Algebra/Data Analysis and the Voluntary State Curriculum in Government. The pedagogical design, content, and assessments replicate the requirements of the High School Assessments. Each course is designed to provide students with the kinds of reading, writing, mathematical calculation and problem solving, and analyses tasks that they need to be successful on the associated high school assessment. For example, in the Government course, students are asked to read, analyze, and write about Supreme Court cases as well as charts, graphs, and political cartoons.
Formative and summative assessments and student self checks are included each unit. Using the reporting features of the course management system and the embedded assessment, teachers are able to use formative data to target and differentiate instruction. The unit summative assessments provide feedback on how well the students have mastered the content of the unit and the associated CLG or SC indicators. These unit assessments align with the High School Assessments for the content items covered in the unit and mirror the question types. Teachers can get three types of reports from the assessment results: whole group performance, individual student performance on the assessment as a whole and on each question, and a question analysis.
The online content can be used with a variety of audiences and in a variety of settings and ways.
Possible audiences include:
- Whole class
- Small group
- Student in need of intervention
- Student who has been absent
- Student in need of remediation
- Student who needs extra practice or extended time
- Instructional assistants
- School-based tutors
Possible uses include:
- Study groups
- Whole class demonstration
- Whole class assignment