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The Progress of Education Reform: What State Policymakers Need to Know about Funding Virtual Charter Schools - This issue of The Progress of Education Reform outlines the key differences of virtual charters and explores how states can change their funding systems to address the needs of this new type of public education. (Michael Griffith, ECS, February 2014)...

Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2015: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence - In its third edition, this report on virtual schools finds that while online schools proliferate, there continues to be little evidence of their effectiveness; what evidence there is indicates virtual schools lag behind traditional public schools. The report is divided into three sections: policy issues, research findings and descriptive information. (Alex Molnar, National Education Policy Center, March 2015)...

Virtual Schools: Assessing Progress and Accountability: Final Report of Study Findings - In assessing progress and accountability in virtual schools, follow the same protocol for all schools: focus on outcomes and track student growth throughout the year. Because students may be highly mobile, use on-demand assessments, and because they may be overage and undercredited, create accountability systems that are rigorous but sensible. Make sure student data can be portable from school to school and ramp up positive and negative consequences attached to performance. (Gillian Locke et al., National Charter School Resource Center, February 2014)...

The Rise of K-12 Blended Learning: Profiles of Emerging Models - This paper profiles 40 organizations that are blending online learning with brick-and-mortar classrooms. A range of operators are represented including state virtual schools, charter management organizations, individual charter schools, independent schools, districts, and private entities. (Innosight Institute, May 2011)...

Quality Authorizing for Online and Blended-Learning Charter Schools - Online and blended learning have grown dramatically in K-12 education in the past dozen years, creating countless new opportunities for students and educators, and, in many cases, demonstrating improved student outcomes. (National Association of Charter School Authorizers, April 2011)...

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