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February 9, 2010
Subject: Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) Summer Courses
Senate Bill 1788 of the 80th Texas Legislature established a state virtual network to provide supplemental, online courses for Texas students. The Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) courses are provided by Texas school districts, open enrollment charter schools, Education Service Centers, and institutions of higher education. All TxVSN high school courses are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as well as the iNACOL National Standards of Quality for Online Courses. All high school courses are led by a Texas-certified instructor and dual credit courses by a higher education instructor.
House Bill 3646 of the 81st Texas Legislature created a state virtual school allotment to fund courses provided through the TxVSN. When a student successfully completes an online course provided through the TxVSN, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) provides a payment of $400 per semester course to the district providing the course and $80 to the student’s district.
Initially the state virtual school would support fall and spring TxVSN courses; however, the Commissioner is exercising the option to fund seats available for students in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 during summer 2010. In order to take summer courses, students must have been enrolled in a Texas high school during the 2009-2010 school year and meet the eligibility requirements for continued enrollment in a Texas high school. In addition, all course prerequisites and/or eligibility for dual credit must be met as required for the fall and spring. Students may enroll in up to two TxVSN courses for summer 2010.
In order for students to participate in summer courses, districts and open enrollment charter schools must:
Summer school enrollment opens Monday, March 8, 2010, beginning with districts with an ADA of 10,000 or fewer students, and continues each subsequent day based on district size. See the enrollment schedule at www.txvsn.org to determine the day your district should register students.
Beginning the week of February 8, 2010, the TxVSN Central Operations will offer “TxVSN and Planning for Summer School” webinars to assist districts with planning and to answer questions. All webinar dates and times are listed on www.txvsn.org under Upcoming Events. If you have questions, please contact the TxVSN Central Operations Help Desk at 866-938-9876 or by e-mail at email@example.com.