HOW IT WORKS
Expectations for Completing Schoolwork
At Insight PA Cyber Charter School (ISPA), student learning and academic growth are paramount. While we offer a level of flexibility, we recognize the importance of classroom pacing and he need for students to complete their work based on set due dates.
ISPA high school uses a semester-based approach where students are required to earn a passing grade of 60 percent or above on their assignments and online lessons. Due dates are assigned to lessons to encourage consistent, steady progress for academic success.
Attending teacher-led, direct-instruction, online synchronous Class Connect sessions, along with completing coursework, will help students be successful.
Attendance is logged Monday through Friday. But academic progress can also be achieved during the weekends. High school students are expected to spend six hours per course per week. A student who takes five courses and spends six hours per week on each one is devoting about 30 hours per week to their coursework. For more information on attendance requirements, please review the attendance policy in our Student and Parent Handbook.
Email is the primary form of communication between the school and families. Learning Coaches and students are required to check and respond to emails daily.
What happens if there's a system failure or power outage?
Don't worry. We have a plan. In the event of outages or other difficulties, follow the instructions in the ISPA Plan for System Failures and Power Outages.
High school uses the following grade scale:
- Computer-graded and teacher-graded assignments including:
- Online or paper-based practice sets
- Threaded discussions
- Assessment grades
- Quarterly progress reports including narrative comments for each subject area
- Quarterly grades resulting in a cumulative final grade:
- End of quarter report cards will only be provided for students enrolled five weeks prior to the quarter's end.
Our testing is purposeful and meaningful, and drives our instructional practices to best serve the individual needs of your child. In addition to quizzes and tests within online courses, students will take Star360 assessments upon enrollment. Star360 assessments in math and reading provide information regarding academic strengths and weaknesses and student growth in both of these subjects. Students in all grades will take the Star360 assessment at the start of the school year and/or upon enrollment and again at several interim points through the year. Each assessment will take about 20–30 minutes. These assessments will be taken virtually. Star360 is adaptive and adjusts questions to your child’s learning level based upon responses. A student report will be sent to each Learning Coach.
High School students may also work within USA Test Prep. USA Test Prep is an assessment tool that aligns with Pennsylvania State Academic Standards. USA Test Prep is used for instruction and assessment across subject areas in grades 6–10. The grades for these assignments will be available in your student’s gradebook within the course and are an integral part of the course. Your student can use this program from any computer with internet access.
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to measure proficiency in the subject areas of Algebra I, literature, and biology. Each exam contains multiple modules and students must score proficient on each module to score proficient on the overall exam. Students can retake individual modules as needed. Alternative assessment pathways may be available for students who take the exam, participate in remediation, retake the exam, and still do not score proficient. At ISPA, students usually participate in the literature and biology assessments in 9th grade and in the algebra assessment in 9th or 10th grade, depending on course completion.
Keystone exams are offered multiple times each year. Keystone exam information sessions for parents are held before each assessment window. More information about Keystone assessments can be obtained at the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.
Learning Coaches are responsible for ensuring their student attends mandatory Keystone testing. Failure to attend testing will result in accrual of unexcused absences and could result in truancy action.
If your teen is enrolling at ISPA late in the semester, ISPA will only grant full course credit for the semester if you provide a Semester 1 report card/transcript from your prior school.
- If available, Semester 1 grades earned at prior school will be averaged with Semester 2 grades earned at ISPA to determine the final year-long grade and amount of credit received.
- Students enrolling in ISPA with less than 12 weeks left in the academic quarter may not receive credit for the semester if in-progress grades from their prior school aren't provided.
- If a course is taken for grade improvement, both grades will be used to calculate the GPA but only one credit will be awarded.
While Pennsylvania law doesn't allow ISPA to require a transcript prior to enrollment, we strongly encourage you to provide a transcript from your student's previous school as soon as possible. That way, we can review previously completed courses and create the most appropriate course schedule.
If you don't provide a transcript/report card at the time of enrollment, we'll use the information you share to place your teen in courses. We'll ask you to sign a waiver when course placement occurs without a prior report card or transcript. If a student is placed in courses without a prior report card or transcript, courses may need to be adjusted once that information is obtained.
Grades from courses taken at ISPA will be included in the calculation of your student’s GPA. If prior school records are received, courses, grades, and credits from previous schools may be included in the ISPA transcript indicating that your student earned these credits at a previous school
Alternate credits for original courses are reported on the official transcript but the grades aren't calculated into the GPA.