Illinois Virtual School course wins QM approval, opens for enrollment
Offering a unique curriculum, the official statewide, Peoria-based Illinois Virtual School (IVS) has partnered with Ancora Associates Inc. to present an art course with help from the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago.
Additionally, the class content gained approval from Quality Matters, a national peer review program based in Annapolis, Maryland. Officially titled "American Art: From Elite to Street," the offering began to develop when Ancora, a management consultancy, approached IVS with the concept in 2014.
Formulated with precise Quality Matters guidelines in mind, the package earned QM approval in August and is now open for enrollment.
Operating out of the Peoria Regional Office of Education, IVS belongs to Quality Matters under the umbrella of the Virtual School Leadership Alliance, a national consortium of virtual state schools providing support and collaboration.
IVS said it anticipates adding seven more courses to its roster by May 2017: American history, American literature, calculus, civics, consumer economics, health and Spanish 1.
The Illinois State Board of Education created IVS to supplement public, private and home school curricula by letting students enroll in courses that conform to the 2009 Illinois Remote Education Act Established in 1987, Chicago-based Ancora Associates provides strategic planning and consulting to not-for-profit clients worldwide.