New study gives failing grades to virtual schools

Thousands of K-thru-12 students in Michigan never set foot on campus — they take all their classes online via two virtual charter schools. But some new policy briefs give virtual charter schools overall a failing grade. 

Researchers with the National Education Policy Center found that students at the virtual schools complete their courses less often, and have lower scores on standardized tests, compared to kids in brick-and-mortar schools. Michael Barbour, associate professional of instructional design at Touro University in California and a co-author of the research, blames the for-profit model of these online charter schools. Read more