Online School Students Falling Behind

The Detroit Free Press reports that “Students attending online charter schools nationwide are lagging far behind peers who attend traditional brick-and-mortar schools, according to groundbreaking research.”

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The National Study of Online Charter Schools looked at achievement data for online charter students in 17 states and the District of Columbia, finding that cyber students had the equivalent of 72 fewer days of learning in reading and 180 fewer days in math. The study is the most comprehensive look at online charters to date.

This study is different in that the reaction lacks the usual prevarication among on-line school advocates:

Greg Richmond, president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, said in a statement that the results are “deeply troubling.”

The story made special mention of Michigan on-line schools, known as “Cyber Charter” schools:

The last time the state released a top-to-bottom ranking of schools — based largely on test scores — Michigan Virtual Charter Academy was ranked at the 3rd percentile, meaning 97% of the schools in the state performed better. Michigan Connections Academy was ranked at the 26th percentile.

Read the story on the Free Press website.

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