I saw this scroll through my Twitter stream earlier today.
Click on the image or visit http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/dec/27/mcs-students-to-take-online-courses/
I don’t know how many other individual school districts have done this, but Memphis does join states such as Michigan, New Mexico, Alabama and Florida who have some form of online learning requirement. For the record:
Michigan (who were the first):
Beginning with the class of 2011,
- students will complete a course of study delivered via the intranet/internet; or
- students will complete 20 hours of structured, sustained, integrated, online experiences accessed via a telecommunications network; or
- students must have the online learning experience incorporated into each course of the required curriculum.
For more information, see http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/Online10.06_final_175750_7.pdf
Students are required to earn one credit in an advanced placement course, an honors course, a dual credit course or a distance learning course.
For more information, see http://www.ped.state.nm.us/HighSchoolRedesign/dl09/HS%20Grad%20Requirements%20MARCH%2016%20_2_.pdf
A student may satisfy the online requirement for graduation through one or more of the following options:
- Take an online course.
- Participate in online experiences incorporated into courses used to fulfill requirements for graduation.
Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, each school district shall provide eligible students within its boundaries the option of participating in a virtual instruction program.
Have I missed any? I’d be particularly interested in hearing about other school districts that now require online learning (and I know I’ve heard of a few here and there, but can’t specifically remember any off the top of my head)…