How It Works (K–5)
WIVA students in grades K–5 take courses in all core subjects—English, math, science, history, and art—as well as self-guided elective courses in world languages, starting in grade 3, or music. Coursework is a mix of online and hands-on work, which caters to a wide variety of learning styles. Unit and course assessments are built in to each subject, and easy-to-use online planning and progress tools keep you and your student on track.
WIVA provides an extensive support system to parents and students. In grades K–5, working closely with the teacher, the parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "Learning Coach" to the child, helping to facilitate his or her progress and working to modify the pace and schedule as needed.
Parent/Learning Coach involvement is critical for the success of the student and may vary per child and grade level. The initial 4–8 weeks can be intensive, as families settle into a routine.
- Grades K–2: Parent/Learning Coach daily involvement is critical and approximately 10–15% of time is online
- Grades 3–5: Students begin to have increased independence, but Parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for about 70–80% of school time and approximately 15–25% of time is online
Working with Your Teacher
Teachers provide individual and small group assistance via online synchronous sessions titled "ClassConnect." It is expected that students attend and meet with teachers to receive course assistance, tutoring, and instruction. These sessions vary by grade level and are scheduled by your teacher.
Attendance is logged Monday through Friday; however, academic progress can be achieved during the weekends as well. K–5 students are expected to spend approximately 4–7 hours on schoolwork per school day.
- Grades K–2: Estimate approximately 4–5 hours of productive school work 5 days per week
- Grades 3–5: Estimate approximately 5–7 hours of effective school work 5 days per week
Students in grades K–5 are required to show mastery of each lesson by achieving 80% or better on all lesson assessments. If a student is finding it difficult to master a lesson, the Learning Coach must contact his or her student's homeroom teacher. Teachers offer many support sessions to assist all of their students.
Our testing is purposeful and meaningful and drives our instructional practices to best serve the individual needs of your child. Below is a list of some of the assessments students will take over the course of the year. Not every test applies to every grade level. Check the Resources section for a list of the tests and the grades in which they are given, as well as the schedule on which they will be administered.
PALS and ADAM
Students in grades K–2 will be required to take both the PALS (literacy) and ADAM (math) assessments. The Homeroom teachers will provide specific testing windows for each at the beginning of the school year and several times throughout. The PALS and the ADAM will be administered 3 times a year (fall, winter, & spring). Both provide excellent insight into areas of strength and areas of concern.
Personal Learning Assessments (PLA)
Students in grades 3–5 will be required to take the PLA (math and language arts only). Their math assessment will be administered on the first day of school through their assigned math course. Students must complete the reading and math assessments by the published deadline dates.
The PLA, which is administered at the beginning of the year, is the beginning benchmark. Third–fifth graders will participate in required state testing in the spring. Both of these assessments will be a great way of showing growth over a year. They will also provide a great deal of information as to what areas students excel in, and what areas they may need a little support in.
Below is list of the state-mandated tests and the respective grade levels associated with these tests.
- ELL (English Language Learners) Access: Grades K–12. Winter 2016–17
- FORWARD Assessment (ELA, Math and Social Studies): Grades 3–8. Spring 2017
- FORWARD Assessment (Science): 4th, 8th, and 10th grades only. Spring 2017
- PALS: Grades K–2. Fall and late Spring 2016–17
- ADAM: Grades K–2. Fall, Winter, and late Spring 2016–17
You will be kept up-to-date about testing and assessments through communication from advisors and teachers throughout the school year, as well as informational pieces in the monthly newsletters and the WIVA Weekly. At any time, please feel free to call Katherine Siegmann, WIVA's Testing Coordinator, at 608-838-9482 (WIVA office number) x1111 for any clarification on the information you are receiving.