When it comes to learning, one thing that is common across the board—regardless of district size, funding, or student population—is that tailoring education to meet the needs students is a necessity. However, most districts do not have the resources available to address the personalized learning needs of each student.
In Louisiana, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) stepped in to make personalized learning a reality. Starting last school year, BESE began offering the Supplemental Course Academy (SCA), which gives school districts and other public schools access to online courses that are not available in the traditional secondary school system. Further, Louisiana’s Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) allocation enables districts to take advantage of funding specifically for this purpose. Since not all school districts in Louisiana understand the nuances of SCA, here are some of the most frequently asked questions answered to help you make better decisions about tapping into these allocated funds.
What is the goal of the Supplemental Course Academy?
The goal of the SCA is to give districts the tools needed to provide high-quality educational options to students in both rural and urban areas of Louisiana. Specifically, SCA grants access to courses that are currently not available in the traditional system, leveraging online curriculum to prepare students for life after high school, be it in college or in developing their careers.
Why is this significant?
It provides districts with the resources needed to supplement the education of secondary students using a variety of courses that may not be available otherwise. Most often schools look to extend their course catalog to include more AP® courses, world language courses, and STEM curriculum, and the SCA helps them do just that.
How long are the MFP funds available?
The funds need to be committed by the end of the enrollment period, which is in mid-September. If the funds are not used, they will not be available to fund courses for the school year.
How were the SCA courses determined?
The courses that are now available through SCA were identified based on feedback from peer educators, families, industry leaders and regional economic development experts. Each of the courses selected are required to meet the following goals:
- Provide students with unprecedented choice in developing a personal educational plan
- Offer innovative career and technical education courses that prepare students for the types of jobs available in the state
- Motivate students to graduate early or on-time with several earned college credits
- Offer courses to help students catch up on credits so that they graduate on time
Which courses should we select?
Last year, more than 350 Louisiana students chose online courses from K12, a curriculum partner of Fuel Education. Your students can earn the credits they need—in the subjects most interesting to them—with the nation’s leading provider of online education solutions for students in grades K-12. K12 has delivered more than four million courses to students across the nation.