North Carolina Virtual Public School (ncvps) provides high quality online educational opportunities in order to prepare students for a 21



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North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) provides high quality online educational opportunities in order to prepare students for a 21st century global economy.

SAT Prep


Course

SAT Prep is a course designed to help prepare students for the SAT test. In addition to reviewing the basic verbal and mathematical skills assessed on the SAT test, students have access to test-taking strategies specific to the exam, real student work samples with explanations, grading rubrics for peer and self-assessment, practice tests with complete multiple-choice assessments, essays prompts, and study resources. Instruction, followed by collaborative, guided, and independent practice, provides the foundation for the course. Students will also register for and use daily both the College Board and CFNC Web sites for the course. Upon successful completion, students will possess the tools necessary to complete the SAT to the best of their ability.


Course Pre-requisites:

  • Algebra I

  • Geometry

  • English I

  • English II


Required Materials:

  • Microsoft Word or Open Office (free download)

  • TI-83, TI-83+, TI-84, or TI-84+ Calculator


Course Goals and Objectives; Learning Outcomes:

This SAT prep course has two purposes. First, it gives students a thorough grounding in standardized test-taking strategies that help them succeed on the SAT. Second, it serves as a review of the basic verbal and mathematical skills that the SAT is designed to test. Instruction followed by collaborative, guided, and independent practice is the foundation of the course. While completing this course, students will have access to the following:



  • Test taking strategies specific to the exam

  • Real student work samples with explanations for graded entries

  • Grading rubrics, along with opportunities to apply them to student work

  • Practice tests complete with multiple-choice assessments and essay prompts

  • Study resources


Course Schedule and Time Requirements:

Block courses are held Monday through Friday for eighteen weeks, per the NCVPS calendar. Students will spend approximately nine weeks on the math section and nine weeks on the verbal section of SAT. Students are expected to spend a minimum of one hour a day reading and completing the assignments for the course.


Communication Policy

All communication should occur in the Messages system in Blackboard. This function works just like e-mail. E-mails from students on Monday through Thursday will be answered within 24 hours. E-mails from students on Friday through the weekend will be answered by Monday.



Attendance Policy

Your presence on line is just as important as your presence in any classroom. All students are expected to be in class and complete all posted assignments each day. If a student has an emergency and cannot complete the assignments, he/she should contact the instructor immediately. Emergencies will be handled by each individual instructor.


Content Rights

NCVPS policy it that all courses are compliant with applicable NCVPS policies and/or guidelines, including, ADA/Section 504/IEP Compliance, intellectual property, and provisions of US Copyright Law and the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act.)


Grading Scale

NCVPS does not issue a letter grade for courses. Schools receive a cumulative grade as a percent.


NCVPS Late Work Policy

Dates and times are listed in the class schedule as well as in the course Web site. You are responsible for all material covered and all assignments given, regardless of personal illness, family emergency, or computer system failures.

Although this is an online course, it is not self-paced. Reasonable deadlines have been set to insure that you have adequate time to complete all assignments within the current session. Active participation in this class is required.

Students should strive to complete assignments according to the deadlines stated for each assignment in the course. Late work is not accepted unless extenuating circumstances have been determined by the teacher, such as; illness, family emergency, or relocation.



NCVPS Academic Integrity

The North Carolina Virtual Public School has an expectation that all work submitted by a NCVPS student is his/her own. Academic integrity of all students must be maintained, and NCVPS considers it to have a high degree of importance.

Academic Integrity determines that all assignments and exams submitted by a NCVPS student is his/her own and the student:


  • Will not plagiarize* any material in written or verbal forms

  • Will not share work with others, unless directed by your instructor, or copy the work of others and represent it as their own

  • Will apply appropriate use of information literacy



* To plagiarize is to copy or use the ideas and/or words of another and represent them as your own.

The accuracy in which student work is submitted to NCVPS is of great importance and NCVPS reserves the right to use technology, such as SafeAssign to investigate plagiarism.  The academic integrity for all students must be maintained. 


NOTE: Any student, who has plagiarized a work in any manner, will receive disciplinary action up to and including removal from the NCVPS course with a failing grade.
NCVPS Privacy Policy

The North Carolina Virtual Public School will abide by the student privacy guidelines set forth by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The following persons have access to student records:



  • NC State Board of Education (SBE) members

  • NCVPS Executive Director, administrative team, and professional staff of NCVPS (teachers, guidance counselor, and student support services staff)

  • Appropriate administrative support staff members and other professionals who have a legitimate educational or legal interest in student records as designated by the NCVPS Executive Director.

  • Lab facilitators assigned by LEA who use school labs to access NCVPS courses

North Carolina Virtual Public School provides an academic transcript to the student's primary school of record upon completion of the online course(s), or upon any request of the primary school and/or student's legal guardian.

In accordance with state and federal privacy laws, students who attain the age of 18 may transfer certain rights related to their academic records. Some LEA schools may assign a lab facilitator to help students who use school labs to access NCVPS courses. Facilitators will have access to students’ online work from their school.

No member of the NCVPS staff is authorized to release student information without the written permission of the student’s legal guardian or without approval of the NCVPS Executive Director. Names, images, and/or course work of NCVPS students will not be published in print, video/film, or via the Web without written student and guardian consent. The privacy of all NCVPS students is protected through a unique password to access online courses. It is the student's responsibility to keep his/her password in confidence.

All the data provide to us is protected to ensure both the privacy and security of the data. We use state-of-the art technology to keep personal information as secure as possible to ensure that no one will be able to tamper with, intercept or access data. Remember to keep account information and password private and secure.


Technical Issues

Technical support is provided by NCVPS through Presidium Learning. The instructor is not required to provide technical support for non-course related questions. However, the student is expected to inform the instructor via email with any technical problems that may delay an assignment due date. Students are responsible for saving and submitting all assignments correctly.



Help Desk Information

A Blackboard Support Center is provided free through Presidium Learning and is available 24 hours per day. The toll-free number is 1-866-223-1028 or call the NCVPS Student Help Desk at 1-866-297-3203.



NCVPS Computer System Requirements


NCVPS Computer System Requirements

Operating Systems

Windows

Vista, XP, 2000

Macintosh

OS X 10.4.6 (minimum)

Browser Options
   (select one)

Internet Explorer

6.0 (minimum)

Firefox (Windows)

2.0.0.1 (minimum)

Safari (Macintosh)

2.0.3 (minimum)

Browser Plug-ins

Sun Java

J2SE 6.0 (1.6.0) (minimum) Windows

JRE 6.0 (1.6.0) (minimum) Macintosh

JavaScript

Supported

Flash

9.0 (minimum)

Adobe Reader

8.0 (minimum)

Internet Connection

56K (or faster)

Media Players

Real Player

9.0 (minimum)

QuickTime

7.0 (minimum)

Windows Media Player

9 (minimum)

Audio

Sound Capability & Headphones/Speakers

Pop-up Blocker(s)

Must be turned off for NVPS courses.


NOTE: For a more detailed list of system requirements, go to http://www.ncvps.org/technology.html
Tips for Being Successful in NCVPS courses

  • Find the time of the day when you work best online. Some students are productive doing their online learning during their regularly scheduled lunch breaks at work, while others are most productive early in the morning before their family wakes up or late at night when family responsibilities are over. Experiment, and find the time that works best for you.

  • Meet the course deadlines. Students who fall behind have a more difficult time completing the course material.

  • Become familiar with the online classroom system as quickly as possible. Give yourself time to learn the e-learning system of your online classes so that you can more efficiently concentrate on the course content.

  • Log into the course at least once a day during the duration of the course. Students who participate consistently report a much higher level of satisfaction with the online learning experience.

  • Save your work on disks. Sometimes computers do bad things, so it is wise to back up your material.

  • Create a schedule for yourself. Although this course material can be done at any time of the day that you choose, many students find it best to create a standard schedule that they keep to. Utilize the course calendar or some other system so that you know when assignments are due. Staying on top of the course material will ensure that you complete the course segments in a timely fashion.

Accetta, Randy. "Tips and Strategies for the Successful Online Student ." Computer Schools. 2001. Computer Schools. 10 Jan 2008 .

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