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Mulcahy, D., & Barbour, M. K. (2009, April). Virtual school student performance in a rural and remote jurisdiction. Paper discussion presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
As out-migration continues to ravage rural regions in Newfoundland and Labrador, more rural schools are relying upon the province’s virtual high school to offer courses students require simply in order to graduate. The concern is that virtual school, and K-12 distance education in general, has been shown to be an effect alternative for a select group of students. With a wider range of students forced into this largely independent learning environment, research must be undertaken to ensure that all students are being accommodating. This study proposes to address this gap by examining student enrollment patterns and performance levels in virtual schooling in the province’s most remote school district.