Testing and Assessment FAQs

What tests are required as part of the program?

Families enrolling at LVS must be willing to participate in all required areas of the program.

  • 3rd-8th-grade students take Kansas-state standardized reading, math, and social studies tests
  • 4th and 7th-grade students take Kansas-state standardized science tests
  • 6th and 8th-grade students take Kansas-state standardized social studies tests
  • 9th and 11th-grade students take the Kansas Computerized Assessments (KCA) in math, reading, and science
  • Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, LVS 9th and 10th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in Aspire (pre-ACT) testing
  • Other standardized tests may be added as required

How is student progress assessed?

The Lawrence Virtual School K-8 program is a mastery-based program, which means students master concepts and lessons before moving on to the next lesson. High School students are assessed through a more traditional grade-based structure. Following NCLB and state guidelines, students are expected to make at least a year's growth in a year's time. The primary responsibility of teachers is to assess, monitor, and assure the success of each student through weekly live sessions, supplemental activities, and tips on how to motivate and work with students with different learning needs. In addition to regular instruction weekly checkpoints are provided to ensure students are on?track according to their individualized plan of study.