Tag Archives: Florida

A review of the 2013 Digital Learning Now Report Card: Part 2, State-by-State Findings

An earlier post reviewed and commented on the recent Digital Learning Now 2013 report card. In this post we look more closely at some of the state grades and how they compare to our Keeping Pace research. We are highlighting the comparisons that follow for two main reasons: 1) First, in our view, some policies are […]

States with Course Choice Programs

Before Keeping Pace 2013 was released, we looked at one of the ways states are offering supplemental online classes to students, through state virtual schools. Many of the identified programs give students choice, but still have a variety of restrictions. Most of these programs are still in their infancy, and are achieving the goal of […]

Rethinking online teacher preparation

One of the greatest challenges for policymakers and state education agencies is how to address quality and how to hold schools accountable for student outcomes. This challenge applies to all schools, and therefore to all types of courses—on-ground, online, and blended—and in fact the challenges are often the same regardless of delivery method. You cannot […]

It’s all in the numbers

Much of the growth we are seeing in K-12 online and blended learning is coming not from state-level programs, but rather at the district level. This complicates data collection, as data gathering can no longer happen through one centralized source, but now must happen through hundreds of school districts across each state. With the number […]

Do state virtual schools offer diplomas?

In the past couple of weeks we’ve been asked the same question a few times: do state virtual schools (SVS) offer diplomas? The simple answer is: SVS do not usually offer diplomas, and they do not generally have many full-time students, if any. Most state virtual schools are supplemental course providers that work in partnership […]

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