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A Core Value
Academic Integrity is one of our core values and one of the most important areas of focus as a learning organization. Students with academic integrity make decisions based on ethics and values that will prepare them to be productive and ethical citizens.
Academic Integrity: the FLVS Non-Negotiable
This paper explains the tools we use in dealing with integrity, definitions, roles and responsibilities of all parties along with the matrix of integrity interventions. Please download and save this document for future reference.
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All students sign the 'I Agree' page during course registration in which the student agrees to abide by the policies and procedures of FLVS. Included in FLVS policies is the administration of proctored exams. Proctored exams can be requested by teachers at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to work cooperatively with FLVS faculty to schedule and take the exam. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 60%. FLVS also instituted a program to regularly administer proctored exams to randomly selected students. For more information, please see the Random Proctored Exam Frequently Asked Questions below.
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Discussion Based Assessments (DBAs)
Each teacher regularly conducts discussion based assessments with his or her students. These conversations occur at specific intervals as well as randomly in a course and are included in the assessment component of each course. The teacher discusses individual student work and extends the conversation to allow the student to demonstrate mastery of the content and to verify the authenticity of the student’s work. Students are required to complete and pass all discussion based assessments themselves, free from any distraction or influence of others.
If you would like to report an academic integrity situation please call the following number or send an email to the address below. Please discuss as much of the following information as you are able: Student Name, Course Name, High School or County, Teacher Name and situation. We appreciate you taking the time to report this situation and assisting FLVS with Academic Integrity.
Academic Integrity Hotline:
407-513-3341 or 866-943-3050 (toll free)
Academic Integrity Email Address:
“I Agree” Statement
By clicking the “I Agree” button at the bottom of this page, I agree to submit 100% of my own work, and I agree to honor Academic Integrity registering as a student at FLVS. By clicking the “I agree” button, I also agree to take a proctored exam at any time if requested and comply with all of the policies and procedures of the Florida Virtual School listed at www.flvs.net. Failure to comply with the Academic Integrity policy or refusing to take a proctored exam will be grounds for removal from the FLVS program.
Random Proctored Exams FAQ
How was I selected to take a proctored exam?
Each week, the FLVS Academic Integrity Department runs a report to identify students who are between 70% and 80% complete in their course. The spreadsheet rows with student names are matched with random numbers created from a website that generates random numbers. Students with a matching number are contacted to schedule a proctored exam. All students, public school, private school, and homeschooled, are eligible to be selected.
How many Florida Virtual School students are randomly selected to take a proctored exam?
The percent varies but our current goal is approximately 10 – 15% of all students. Students should expect to be selected to take proctored segment exams as they continue to take FLVS courses in the future.
Does random proctoring impact the student's pace or completion expectations?
The exam will not be scheduled until the student is ready. FLVS does not rush or slow the student's completion date as result of the proctored exam.
If selected, do I have to take the proctored exam?
During course registration, all students sign an 'I Agree' statement to take a proctored exam at any time, if requested. Registration is not complete unless the 'I Agree' statement is completed. Therefore, 100% of active students have signed the statement. Students who refuse to take a proctored exam will not receive course credit.
Where does proctoring take place and with whom?
The proctored exam often takes place at the local library with one of our FLVS faculty members or proctors. Only the segment exams are proctored.
Is there an alternative to proctoring at a library?
In certain cases, yes. FLVS provides an option for students to use 'ProctorU.com' for the exam. The student must have a web camera and high speed internet access. A systems test can be processed to determine if the internet speed is sufficient. Web proctoring is convenient as it allows the student to schedule an exam during a 20-hour-per-day, seven-days-per-week window.
What is the difference between a random proctored exam and an Academic Integrity violation proctored exam?
A random proctored exam must be taken in order to earn course credit. An Academic Integrity proctored exam must be passed with a score of at least 59.5% in order to earn course credit.
Are testing requirements different for proctored exams than they are for non-proctored exams?
Students are permitted to use the same resources (notes, approved calculators, notebooks, etc.) during a proctored exam as they are during a non-proctored exam.
Is it completely random?
Yes, weekly reports are processed to identify students who are actively completing courses with us. These reports are not based on any particular course, district, grade level or demographic information. Only student names and enrollments status is processed. When students are near 70 – 80% complete, we notify them of their upcoming required random proctored segment exam.