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So you want to start an online school? Background of Online Lear

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  • STAFF NOTE If state or local presentation, can add “The Challenge for X State & the Nation” There are multiple options, pending the audience 1. Start with 10 2. Lose 3 – don ’t graduate from high school on time with regular diploma 3A. Lose 2 more – 50% of minorities or urban students don ’t graduate from high school on time with regular diploma OR 3B. Lose 3 more - Of the students that do graduate, three are not work and college ready.

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  • 1. Background: Online Learning Dr. Rob Darrow / Dr. Kelly Schwirzke #Iste12 June 2012 http://iste12.wikispaces.com
  • 2. Big Question: What do you have to do to create an effective and sustainable online or blended learning program? (Demystifythe myths, know the landscape, create a plan)
  • 3. Background – National Trends Two educational trends challenging traditional education: ** Charter Schools ** Enrollment increases 11% - 20% per year ** Online Schools ** Enrollment increases 30% per year
  • 4. One Other National Trend: Static Dropout Rates
  • 5. The Challenge for the Nation Three out of every ten students do not graduate from high school. About half of those who graduate are not college- and work-ready.Source: EPE 2007; Greene 2002
  • 6. Research and Dropouts “Lack of school success is probably the greatest single cause which impels pupils to drop out of school.”– Ayres (1909). Laggards in our schools.
  • 7. Online School History and Policy 1994 – 1997 - First K-12 online schools: – Utah Electronic School – Virtual High School – Massachusetts – Florida Virtual School 2007 – Number of states with online programs / online legislation: 42 2007 – Number of online charter schools: – 173 in 18 states – 92,235 students (Center for Ed Reform, 2008) 2008 – Online course enrollments grew by 65% from 2002-03 to 2004-05 (Means, 2009) 2009 – More than a million K-12 online school students (Picciano and Seaman, 2009)
  • 8. Defining Terms Traditional Learning – attend courses daily in face-to-face setting Online Learning – attend courses online where 70% instruction is online (may also have face to face interaction) Blended Learning – attend courses online where 30% instruction is online Charter School – independently operated public schools of choice
  • 9. Definitions: Online School Enrollment Part-time Online Students  Take one or two online courses in addition to attending traditional school  One student in one course per semester counts one Full Time Online Students  One student attending the school counts oneWatson, Gemin, Ryan & Wicks (2009). Keeping pace withK-12 online learning.
  • 10. One Example: Florida Virtual SchoolOne student in one course for one semester
  • 11. Definitions: Counting Online School EnrollmentStandards in Some States (Florida, Idaho, Michigan) Part-time online students not officially counted, except as an estimate in response to a researcher’s survey Full time online students counted if they attend an online charter school In California, public school students, including charters, are counted each October via California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS)
  • 12. Types of Online SchoolsA. National Companies – individual online charter schools in different states (K-12, Inc. Connections Academy, Insight) – Primarily charter schoolsB. Statewide – run by state agencies – Some charters, some notC. District / County – run by school districts or county educational offices – Some charters, some not ?? How many here in each category?? Watson, Gemin, Ryan & Wicks (2009). Keeping pace with K-12 online learning. http://www.kpk12.com/
  • 13. State/organization Full-time or 2007-2008 2008-2009 Annual supplemental enrollment enrollment increaseFlorida Virtual School Supplemental 120,000 154,125 25%Idaho Digital Learning Supplemental 6,619 9,646 46%AcademyAlabama ACCESS Supplemental 18,955 28,014 48%Michigan Virtual School Supplemental 11,000 16,000 45%Minnesota (state) Both 23,722 28,332 19%Colorado (state) Full-time 9,238 11,641 26%Ohio (state) Full-time 24,011 27,037 13%Arizona (state) Both 15,000 23,000 24%Connections Academy Full-time 13,000 20,000 54%(across U.S.) charterK12, Inc. Full-time 39,500 56,000 42%(across U.S.) charter Watson et al, Keeping Pace. http://www.kpk12.com/
  • 14. Online Learning and Student Achievement Meta-analysis have found that overall, student achievement in online schools is the same or better when compared with traditional schools – Means et al. (2009), Cavanaugh et al. (2004) Emerging Research – Online student interaction in discussion boards / forums (Lowes, 2007) – Student success / student attrition in online courses (Porta-Merida, 2009; Roblyer, 2008)
  • 15. Contact Information Rob Darrow, Ed.D. Kelly Schwirzke, Ed.D.Director of Member Services Instructor, Oasis Independent Study / Coordinator of Online LearningiNacol Alternative Education Programs559-838-6151 Santa Cruz County Office ofrdarrow@inacol.org Educationwww.inacol.org P 831-466-5655Rob’s Wiki: C 831-359-1778http://robdarrow.wikispaces.com kschwirzke@santacruz.k12.ca.us http://iste12.wikispaces.com