Using the Standards of Learning (SOL), Virginia's public school standard testing program, data provided by the VLDS, interested users would select the particular SOL test and a particular population such as county, district or school on which to focus. FLO helps educators provide Focused Learning Opportunities (FLO) for all students in the Commonwealth.
A user drills down to the school, grade, year, test desired, FLO then produces a report that showed levels of achievement categorized into performance bands (i.e. Very Low, Low, Moderately Low, Moderately High, High). Each band would then be linked to suggested resources that, if used, could help student improve their academic performance in that particular area.
Within the context of the Apps4 VA competition described here, Dr. Bland, Associate Professor, Division of Educational Psychology, Research Methods, and Education Policy, College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, proposed the following focus to our design team.
The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) launched the Apps4VA development program. This program originally stems from a federal grand funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, "to support the development and implementation of a data system that would record student progress from early childhood to postsecondary and beyond that would include linking teachers to their students.