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What does a blended classroom look like?

We received a question on the blog this week about how to design classroom spaces for blended learning that we thought warranted a full post here. If a school is using blended learning in a transformative way, it is likely that classrooms will look different from a traditional set-up with rows of desks facing the […]

Policy in Practice: Pilots in Arizona Unable to Move Forward

In 2013, Arizona passed SB1293, which, among other things, created an outcome-based pilot program to look for innovative ways of awarding funds based on school performance and improvement instead of just pupil enrollment. The pilot funding was to be awarded to 10 programs each year for four years: five districts, one of which must be offering […]

A shift in online school funding in Colorado

Nationally, most online students are funded at or below the level of funding for face-to-face students. This is the case in Colorado, where students in multi-district fully online schools are funded at a set amount specific to these schools that is about 92% of the funding level for brick-and-mortar charter students, and about 72% of […]

Policy in Practice: Credit Recovery in Connecticut

The Keeping Pace 2014 profile of Connecticut discusses PA No. 10-111 (2010) which required districts with dropout rates of 8% or higher to establish online credit recovery programs. The law also required that each school designate (from existing staff) an online learning coordinator to “administer and coordinate the online credit recovery program.” There is no […]

Job testing is moving online

We have reported previously that one of the arguments for students taking online courses is that they will be better prepared for college and careers. A story in the Washington Post shows how students with online assessment experience may have a leg up on other job candidates. According to the Post, “Online tests are the […]

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