Michigan Connections Academy Report to the Legislature

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1 Michigan Connections Academy Report to the Legislature Prepared by Ferris State University Charter Schools Office

2 2140 University Park Drive Okemos, MI Phone: Fax: Date Report Submitted: September 1, 2012 Date Cyber School Opened: 2010 Authorizer: Ferris State University Charter Schools Office 1020 Maple Street Big Rapids, MI Name of Person Completing Report Joan Beadle Academic/Assessment Specialist 231/591/5805 Michigan Connections Academy () is a free online public school, also known as a cyber charter school serving students in grades K 12 throughout Michigan. FAM Academy of Detroit is a free, flexible public school option for students who have previously terminated their high school education. 2 Ferris State University Charter Schools Office

3 PA 205 of 2009 ushered in a new era in Michigan public education. This law established the first K-12 cyber schools in our State, expanding educational options and opportunities for Michigan families. In response to this opportunity for Michigan families, Ferris State University authorized Michigan Connections Academy (), one of the first K-12 cyber schools in our State. The new law requires authorizing institutions of a school of excellence that is a cyber school to submit an extensive report to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Legislature summarizing two years of performance metrics. In adherence to the letter of the law, Ferris State University Charter Schools Office produced this report. The report details the operation of, including pupil participation statistics, academic performance data, along with Charter Schools Office (CSO) recommendations. In the spirit of the law and in recognition of the importance of transparency and openness, it is our intent that this report will enable Michigan families and interested persons to be aware of the work conducted by the staff on behalf of the children served by the academy. It will also facilitate the choices parents make in selecting schools that may best meet the educational needs of their children. Further, it summarizes a way in which the CSO has sought to operationalize the words of W.N. Ferris, our University founder, education for all the children, all men, and all women of Michigan, all the people in our State all the time. Lawrence V. Wells, Ph.D. Director 3

4 Michigan Connections Academy Report to the Legislature Prepared by Ferris State University Charter Schools Office Authorizer s Narrative... 3 Enrollment Data... 5 Special Programming... 6 Student Residency... 7 Student Performance Data... 8 Student Achievement and Growth Full/Non-full academic year students act data Indicator of Student growth Financial Data from Audit Financial Data from Audit Cyber School Expenses Ferris State University Charter Schools Office

5 Enrollment Data Information The enrollment information is generated from The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) using data collected in the fall of 2010 and 2011 and filed in the Michigan Student Data System (MSDS). Data come from the MSDS Single Student Records database and include records from the Fall 2010 and 2011 General and Student Record Maintenance collections. The Data represents both Michigan Connections Academy () and FAM Academy of Detroit. 60 Fall students Spring students 120 Fall students Spring students Fall Spring K K Number of K-12 students who transferred from cyber school to another school during the year : : FAM FAM *Number of K-12 students certified as drop-outs when they enrolled in : : FAM FAM Number of K-12 students who dropped out of cyber school and did not enroll in another school : : FAM FAM < Number of K-12 students who were home-schooled when they enrolled in : : FAM FAM All percentages under 5% must read *For the academic year corresponding students are enrolled at the cyber school on a one for one basis when a CEPI certified dropped out student is enrolled. Please Note: N/A indicates FAM Academy of Detroit was non-operational in

6 Student Diversity White African American Hispanic 7.73% Asian Indian American 20.8% 27.45% 56% 56.41% Percentage of Students who Qualified for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program 64% 61.08% Special Programming The following graph shows 2 years of special education data for and FAM special education data. Data collected from CEPI and Michigan Connections Academy School data files. Students Who Have Active 504 Plans FAM Students Receiving Special Education Services N/A 5.6% N/A 6.9% Please Note: N/A indicates FAM Academy of Detroit was non-operational in Ferris State University Charter Schools Office

7 Student Residency Number of students enrolled and student dropouts (indicated in parenthesis) by region UPPER PENINSULA 20 (0) 30 (0) WESTERN LOWER PENINSULA 42 (0) 40 (9) NORTHERN LOWER PENINSULA 36 (0) 50 (1) CENTRAL LOWER PENINSULA 121 (0) 222 (17) EASTERN LOWER PENINSULA 180 (0) 331 (119) *Enrolled as drop out numbers were calculated using data generated from the October 2011 Student Count Day provided by Michigan Connections Academy. 7

8 Student Performance Data Data collected and used in the following graph is generated using school data provided by Connections Education Corporate Office. Average Daily Attendance 91% 82% Diplomas Issued or Predicted to be Issued 1 13 Graduation Rate Dropout Rate 50% 59% 8 Ferris State University Charter Schools Office

9 Student Academic achievement and Growth Student achievement measures student performance against set standards. The Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) and the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) identify students who score a one or two as proficient. The following charts indicate the percentage of students that scored proficient in grades 3-9 on the MEAP and MME during the and academic year. The graphs shows proficiency levels for all students. MEAP Reading Grade 3 Grade 4 75% 63.2% 64.4% 62% 71.1% 63.5% 82.2% 68% Grade 5 Grade % 65.3% 77.7% 69% 75.7% 63.2% 83.3% 67% Grade 7 Grade % 55.6% 59.6% 60% 65.6% 56% 56.9% 61% 9

10 Student Academic achievement and Growth MEAP Math Grade 3 Grade 4 44% 34.9% 42.2% 36% 23.7% 39.6% 37.8% 40% Grade 5 Grade % 33.3% 40% 36.2% 37% 13.9% 18.9% 19.4% Grade 7 Grade % 35.9% 36.2% 37% 18.8% 28.9% 7.8% 29% 10 Ferris State University Charter Schools Office

11 Student Academic achievement and Growth MEAP Science Grade 5 Grade 8 8.3% 17.4% 18.5% 15% 12.5% 14.9% 16% Social Studies Grade % 28.1% 21.4% 28% Grade 9 - Grade 9 - FAM 34.7% 33.2% 32% 29% 29% 10% 11

12 Student Academic achievement and Growth MME Reading Grade 11 - Grade 11 - FAM 52.7% 67% 56% 56% 37.5% MME Math Grade 11 - Grade 11 - FAM 12.5% 27.3% 33% 29% 29% 12 Ferris State University Charter Schools Office

13 Full Academic Year Students and Non-Full Academic Year Students The following charts demonstrate the performance of Full Academic Year students (FAY) compared to the students enrolled during academic year (Non-FAY). Michigan Connections Academy MEAP Reading Proficiency Grade % 61.3% FAY Students Non-FAY Grade % 83.3% Grade 5 Grade % 81.6% 68.8% FAY Students 75.0% Non-FAY Grade 7 Grade % 60% 58.3% FAY Students Non-FAY 35.3% 13

14 Full Academic Year Students and Non-Full Academic Year Students Michigan Connections Academy MEAP Math Proficiency Grade 3 Grade % 32.3% FAY Students 37.0% 38.9% Non-FAY Grade 5 Grade % 31.6% 33.3% FAY Students Non-FAY 13.3% Grade 7 Grade % 34.3% FAY Students Non-FAY 11.8% 0% 14 Ferris State University Charter Schools Office

15 Full Academic Year Students and Non-Full Academic Year Students Michigan Connections Academy MEAP Social Studies Proficiency Grade 6 Grade 9 20% 25% FAY Students Non-FAY 33.3% 28.6% Science Grade 5 Grade % 18.4% FAY Students Non-FAY 5.9% 0% Act Data English Math N/A 19.8% 10.3% FAM of Detroit N/A 18.5% 13.9% Reading Science N/A 22.5% 12.8% FAM of Detroit N/A 19.7% 12.3% FAM Composite 20.3% 12.4% 15

16 Indicators of Student Growth Measuring student growth estimates how much knowledge students learn over the school year and provides information on school programming and curriculum. This table demonstrates the percentage of students that made or exceeded the expected yearly growth targets in subjects of reading and math. Reading Math Grade Grade *Grades 9-12 were not required to test using GlobalScholar s Performance Series. Baselines were established using EXPLORE/PLAN test data for grades GlobalScholar Performance Series is administered in the fall and spring which provides data used to generate a Gains Analysis Report. The report indicates that five out of seven grades increased the percent of students that met or exceeded the expected yearly growth targets in reading. In the subject of math, four grades increased the percent of students meeting growth targets while grade three made no change from the academic year to the academic year. 16 Ferris State University Charter Schools Office

17 Michigan Connections Academy Revenue and Expense Statement FINAL BUDGET AUDITED ACTUAL DIFFERENCE Revenues Local Sources State Sources $2,970,400 $2,959,568 ($10,832) Federal Sources $259,333 0 $(259,333) Other Sources Total Revenues & Other Sources $3,229,733 $2,959,568 ($270,165) EXPENDITURES Instruction Basic Programs $1,616,499 $1,650,572 $34, Added Needs $50,400 $75,506 $25, Adult Education N/A N/A N/A Total Instruction $1,666,899 $1,726,078 $59, Supporting Services Pupil Services 0 $34,667 $34, Instructional Staff $89,388 $183,819 $94, General Administration $87,600 $6,415 $81, School Administration $501,812 $364,564 $137, Business Services $441,718 $405,207 $36, Operation of Plant $79,500 $53,040 $26, Pupil Transportation N/A N/A N/A Central Staff/Services $87,500 $92,704 $5, Other Supporting Services Total Supporting Services $1,287,518 $1,140,416 $415, Community Services Capital Outlay $77,585 $66,645 $10, Debt Principal and Interest 0 $10, Other Uses-Interfund Transfers Total Expenditures & Other Uses $3,032,002 $2,944,079 $98,863 Fund Balance $15,489 17

18 Michigan Connections Academy Revenue and Expense Statement Budget VS Actual June 30, 2012 During their regularly scheduled meetings, the school s Board reviews the results of its monthly financial statements. All variances from Budget are reviewed and addressed by the Board via a reforecast of projected year end results that are presented at each meeting. FINAL BUDGET UnAUDITED ACTUAL DIFFERENCE Revenues Local Sources State Sources $7,559,826 $5,120,284 $(2,439,542) Federal Sources $730,003 $357,951 $(372,051) Other Sources $36,808 $371,950 $355,142* Total Revenues & Other Sources $8,326,637 $5,850,185 $(2,476,451) EXPENDITURES Instruction Basic Programs $3,950,530 $3,225,425 $725, Added Needs $71,429 $93,249 $(21,820) Adult Education Total Instruction $4,021,959 $3,318,674 $703, Supporting Services Pupil Services Instructional Staff $214,136 $182,546 $31, General Administration $226,493 $156,498 $69, School Administration $899,720 $717,628 $182, Business Services $2,660,965 $1,466,094 $1,194, Operation of Plant $62,535 $56,664 $5, Pupil Transportation Central Staff/Services $229,650 $154,533 $75, Other Supporting Services Total Supporting Services $4,293,499 $2,733,963 $1,559, Community Services Capital Outlay n/a $57,140 $57, Debt Principal and Interest n/a n/a n/a Other Uses-Interfund Transfers n/a n/a n/a Total Expenditures & Other Uses $8,315,458 $6,109,777 $2,205,681 Excess Revenue (expenditures) $11,179 $(259,591) $270,771 Fund Balance July 1, 2011 $10,729 *Included in Other Financing Sources as of June 30, 2012 is a $367,000 contribution from the management company (Connections Academy of Michigan, LLC) 18 Ferris State University Charter Schools Office

19 Cyber School Expenses Data for this report were generated by Connections Education Corporate Headquarters in Maryland using school data. Year Year Total Instructional Costs Personnel Costs $579,602 $1,049,583 Supplies & Materials $1,021,950 $1,935,623 Purchased Services $285,009 $1,187,056 TOTAL $1,886,561 $4,172,262 Average Instructional Cost/Students $4,866 $6,560 Average Personnel Cost/Students $1,495 $1,650 Average Supplies & Materials Cost/Student $2,636 $3,043 Average Purchased Services Cost/Student $735 $1,866 Total Number of Teachers (FTE) Average Teacher Compensation $47,939 $47,399 Average Teacher Salary $37,748 $37,322 Average Teacher Benefits $10,192 $10,077 Average Total Cost/Student $7,421 $9,380* *During Fiscal Year 2012, the School incurred significant additional expenses for the implementation and operation of its FAM Academy of Detroit program (formerly Fusion Academy) and their centers. These additional costs are reflected in the higher average cost per student data presented above. 19

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