Although virtual schools continue to grow each year, more research and accountability is needed to foster and support effective online educational environments, says a new report from the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education.
- Online courses and schools enroll a small fraction of the 52 million public school students, but they are rapidly gaining ground.
- The development, management and staffing of online courses and schools is supported by both public and private providers.
- Funding for online learning varies by state, and ranges from 70-100% of state and local per public rates.
- The jury is still out on the effect of online courses on P-12 student achievement.
- Emerging reports show a troubling overall picture of poor performance and low graduation rates for full-time online students.
- There needs to be a clearer accountability path for online learning.