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Improving Virtual Schools

by Meg Conlan

EdTech

Article excerpt

Virtual Schools Take Off Even As Performance Lags

Released by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC), the Virtual Schools Report 2016: Directory and Performance Review sheds light on full-time virtual schools that offer instruction solely over the internet, as well as blended schools that mix face-to-face and virtual instruction.

Our take

Better Outcomes Through Virtual Learning

Are virtual schools working? Not really, not yet, at least according to this study. Still adoption is on the rise. What takeaways from this study could help to boost the efficacy of virtual learning?

Just as in traditional classroom settings, the ratio of students to teachers has an impact on learning outcomes this study suggests. Even in an online environment, teachers can’t be spread too thin among too many students. As the study shows, smaller virtual schools tend to show better outcomes. One key consideration in these virtual settings is ensuring options for interaction and communication.

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