Virtual School Meanderings

March 5, 2013

AJDE Issues and Frameworks for K–12 Online Distance Education – Investigation of a Special Education Program in a Public Cyber Charter School

As I mentioned earlier this week, the American Journal of Distance Education – Special Issue: Issues and Frameworks for K–12 Online Distance Education has been published. Today I want to post the abstract from the first of the articles from this special issue.


Spitler, C., Repetto, J., & Cavanaugh, C. (2013). Investigation of a special education program in a public cyber charter school. American Journal of Distance Education, 27(1), 4-15.

Investigation of a Special Education Program in a Public Cyber Charter School

Abstract: For students with disabilities who are at risk of leaving high school without graduating, virtual schools have become a popular alternative to traditional schools. One promising approach to increasing graduation rates is to design learning environments that serve students with disabilities through the 5 Cs framework designed to increase school completion: Connect, Climate, Control, Curriculum, and Caring Community. A utilization-focused evaluation guided our investigation to determine the presence of and application of the 5 Cs in a special education program in a public cyber charter school. Specific examples are provided, and recommendations for practice and future research are discussed.

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