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December 29, 2010

Memphis City Schools Add Online Learning Graduation Requirement

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,

  1. students will complete a course of study delivered via the intranet/internet; or
  2. students will complete 20 hours of structured, sustained, integrated, online experiences accessed via a telecommunications network; or
  3. 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

New Mexico:

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

Alabama:

A student may satisfy the online requirement for graduation through one or more of the following options:

  1. Take an online course.
  2. Participate in online experiences incorporated into courses used to fulfill requirements for graduation.

For more information, see http://www.mtnbrook.k12.al.us/Images/Users/9/Technology/Alabama%20High%20School%20Online%20Experience%20Graduation%20Requirement.pdf

Florida:

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.

For more information, see http://flsenate.gov/statutes/index.cfm?App_Mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=Ch1002/Sec45.htm&StatuteYear=2008

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)…

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12 Comments »

  1. New Mexico is commonly included with MI and AL in the list of states having an online learning requirement, but I think that is misleading. Your post cites the details correctly–NM requires that students meet one of several options, among which is an online course. But given that students have several options they clearly do not need to take an online course (or participate in an “online experience”) to graduate if they pursue one of the other options instead.

    Comment by John Watson — December 30, 2010 @ 9:18 am | Reply

  2. John, thanks for the comment. I fully agree with you about New Mexico. Florida too is another odd one out, as they don’t require online learning or online learning as one of a series of options. They only require districts to provide it if a student wants it. That’s why I describe these states as ones that have “some form of online learning requirement.”

    Given that your ear is to the ground on the K-12 online learning front better than most, are you aware of other districts that have taken the Memphis City Schools route? I know I have heard of others in the past year, but I can’t find any notes that I have stashed away on the topic. For some reason the northwest is in my mind on this issue…

    Comment by mkbnl — December 30, 2010 @ 9:48 am | Reply

  3. I don’t recall any specific districts that have added an online learning requirement. Like you, I feel like I’ve heard of others in the past year but haven’t found any notes on it. I think one was a midwestern district, perhaps in Indiana. I will look and post here if I find any.

    Comment by John Watson — December 30, 2010 @ 10:04 am | Reply

  4. Thanks John!!! I appreciate the follow-up…

    Comment by mkbnl — December 30, 2010 @ 10:06 am | Reply

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  7. Putnam County Schools (TN) changed board policy on Thursday, Jan. 6 to require completion of an online class as a local graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2013.

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  8. Sharon, not being familiar with the geography of Tennessee, what part of the state is Putnam County?

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