School districts throughout the country report they are offering students significantly more online learning programs in 2013 compared to 2012 – especially blended learning and online courses for credit – according to an annual survey of district- and school-level leaders, announced today by K12 Inc. (opens in new tab)
The three factors rated as most critical for success in implementing credit recovery, online courses and full-time online learning were: tracking student progress with reporting tools, offering rigorous and engaging curriculum, and having teachers available to intervene/assist struggling students. When asked how to measure quality in online learning programs, the highest rated response was "the student demonstrates significant academic progress in the year."
The survey, conducted by MDR’s EdNET Insight, targeted district- and school-level leaders, specifically superintendents, assistant superintendents, curriculum directors, principals and teachers who have had experience implementing online learning programs. This year’s research was supplemented with phone interviews with K12 customers who shared their experiences offering online programs. A total of 165 leaders responded from districts evenly divided in size, with the largest number, 24 percent, coming from districts with more than 1,000 enrolled students.
Visit K12 for Schools and Districts (opens in new tab) for more information about survey results, including key success factors ranked by online program type.