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From the ECS State Policy Database: Online Learning--Virtual Schools/Courses - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Virtual High Schools MS Word PDF - Statewide virtual high schools are state-led programs created by state legislatures or state-level departmental agencies, and most commonly administered by a state’s education department. This ECS StateNote provides 50-state information on policies related to student curriculum and access, teaching quality and program quality/accountability. (Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, August 2008)...

Online Course Use in New York High Schools: Results from a Survey in the Greater Capital Region - Fifty-nine percent of responding high schools in the New York Greater Capital Region reported using online courses for their students during the 2012-13 school year. Schools used online courses mainly to provide credit recovery courses. Schools enrolled students in online courses spanning core academic subjects, including math, English language arts, history and social studies, and science. Schools noted concerns about the educational experiences these courses provide. (Margaret Clements, Angela M. Pazzaglia and Jacqueline Zweig, REL-Northeast & Islands, March 2015)...

Online and Distance Learning in Southwest Tennessee: Implementation and Challenges - The Southwest Tennessee Rural Education Cooperative (SWTREC)is a coalition of superintendents from 12 districts (half of which are rural) surrounding Memphis. This report found online courses were used more than distance learning classes. Schools used these two modes primarily to offer dual enrollment. SWTREC findings may be useful to other rural districts. (Laura Holian, et al., REL-Appalachia, November 2014)...

Leading in an Era of Change: Making the Most of State Course Access Programs - Here is a possible solution to hand-wringing about lack of funds, hard-to-staff schools - urban and rural - difficulties with disabled students or those learning English. Touting state-wide digital programs that provide students with expanded course offerings across learning environments, this report reviews the few statewide programs that already exist, shows the way for states implementing such programs and introduces the idea of programs that cross state boundaries. (John Bailey, et al., Digital Learning Now and EducationCounsel, July 2014)...

K-12 Online Education Commission Recommendations - A Colorado commission tasked with recommending legislative changes to improve online learning called for a broader definition of online to encompass a variety of electronic learning methods. The taskforce called for making attendance requirements more flexible and reducing records transfer times from 30 to 14 days. The State Board of Education should certify multi-district online authorizers instead of multi-district schools. And while the current accountability system is "unrealistic and incomplete," new ways to measure performance should be addressed by creation of pilot programs. (Donnell-Kay Foundation, March 2014)...

Digital Learning Report Card 2013 - In the annual rating of digital learning quality, Utah and Florida got As. Nevada, Washington, Texas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia and Virginia got Bs. States are graded by 10 elements: student eligibility, student access, personalized learning, advancement, quality content, quality instruction, quality choices, assessment and accountability and infrastructure. (Digital Learning Now, March 2014) ...

Keeping Pace with K-12 Online & Blended Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice - This 10th annual Keeping Pace guide offers enrollment number, informative graphics, program planning timelines, thoughts on MOOCs in K-12, a look back 10 years, and a look into the future. Factoids: Access to online and blended learning opportunities continues to be funded by zip code. Only Florida is statewide, but other states are moving in that direction. There is a lot of activity at the single district level and multi-district fully online schools serve an estimated 310,000 students. (John Watson et al.,Evergreen Education Group, November 2013)...

Keeping Pace With K-12 Online & Blended Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice - This annual report examines the status of K-12 online education across the country. The report provides an overview of the latest policies, practices, and trends affecting online learning programs across all 50 states, (Evergreen Education Group, November 2012)...

Summary Report of the Operations and Activities of Online Programs in Colorado - This review provides in-depth analysis of Colorado's online programs for the 2010-2011 school year. The report provides information about each program's budget, enrollment, course and course development processes, completion rates, student and teacher demographics, and program alignment to quality standards. These data were combine with School Performance Framework ratings and scores, in addition to other data, to create multiple policy recommendations. (Colorado Department of Education, June 2011)...

An Evaluation: Virtual Charter Schools - Enrollment in virtual charter schools in Wisconsin has increased every school year since 2002-03. This report examines enrollment trends, opportunities for social development, provision of special education, assessments, teacher licensure, revenue and expenditures. (Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, February 2010)...


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