Virtual School Meanderings

March 17, 2019

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school.

1. TI- Online self-paced high-school class size and student achievement.
AU- Lin, Chin-Hsi1 chinhsi@hku.hk
AU- Kwon, Jemma Bae2
AU- Zhang, Yining3
JN- Educational Technology Research & Development
PD- Apr2019, Vol. 67 Issue 2, p317-336
PG- 20p
DT- 20190401
PT- Article
AB- In the traditional brick-and-mortar classroom, small classes are generally perceived as desirable, but the benefits associated with particular class sizes in online education have not yet received much scholarly attention. Using a dataset of 10,648 enrollment records generated during the 2013-2014 school year at a state virtual school in the Midwestern U.S., this study examined the relationship between class size and student learning outcomes. The results of hierarchical linear modeling with fractional polynomial analysis suggest a reverse-U-shaped relationship, in which increasing online class sizes had a positive impact on achievement until the number of students reached 45, but a negative one if numbers increased beyond that level. At the subject level, similar reverse-U-shaped patterns were observed in math, social science, and other subjects, but not in English, foreign languages, or science. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of Educational Technology Research & Development is the property of Springer Nature and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
KW- Class size
KW- Online learning
KW- Student achievement
KW- Virtual school
AD- 1The University of Hong Kong, Room 615, Meng Wah Building, Pokfulam Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
AD- 2Michigan Virtual, Lansing, MI, USA
AD- 3Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, USA
FT- 8014
IS- 10421629
DI- 10.1007/s11423-018-9614-x
AN- 135148278

Next, I did not receive the alert for cyber school.

Finally, I also did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

March 16, 2019

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the Google News alert for virtual school.

Glenda Ritz: Stop state money to virtual schools

Why would our state fund close to full tuition per student to a virtual school to offer a graduation software that is available to students in many of our …

French culture recognized in Richmond

… office of the Conseil scolaire francophone, at 13511 Commerce Parkway, also houses the Ecole virtuelle, the French-language virtual school.

DeSantis’ Orlando airport appointee has tax lien for owing money to IRS

The new appointments come amid scandals at two other public agencies – the University of Central Florida and the Florida Virtual School – that have …

Sunshine Week: Dark days descending on Florida as officials lock down information | Editorial

The Sentinel had to go to court to get Florida Virtual School to release public records that it was withholding because it was afraid of a lawsuit by its …

What our classrooms of the future will look like

Where learning is done not in a classroom filled with peers, but in a virtual world at any time of the day or night. Where teachers — if they exist …

Business Outline of Virtual Schools and Investment Breakdown, Insights, Scope, Forecast by 2024

Virtual Schools market research report 2015-2024 provides the newest industry data and industry future trends, allowing you to identify the products …

Men’s Tennis shines in doubles play before falling to VCU

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team (3-6) was successful in doubles play but dropped a 4-3 overall decision against VCU (10-5) Friday …

Virtual Schools Market: Enormous opportunities propelled by Rising Incidences, Technological …

“Industry Overview of the Report 2024: An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or …

Clarksville-Montgomery County Youth Job Fair scheduled for Spring Break

Charter School and Virtual School Legislation take the spotlight this week Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) will …

R-III drops virtual education plan

The Kirksville R-III School District is no longer pursuing the idea of operating its own virtual school, Superintendent Dr. Damon Kizzire confirmed at the …

@FGCU_WTen Falls In Home Match to Iowa, 5-2

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s tennis team (4-6, 0-1 ASUN) suffered a 5-2 setback to Iowa (8-4, 1-0 Big 10) Sunday afternoon at the FGCU …

Team effort propels men’s tennis past George Washington

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team (4-6) claimed a 5-2 victory over George Washington (3-6) to cap off a well-balanced team effort …

Connections opens enrollment

Wyoming Connections Academy, a statewide virtual school with a regional connection, has opened enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.

Global Virtual Schools Market 2019-2025, Research Report by Top Industries – , K12 Inc …

… Inspire Charter Schools , Abbotsford Virtual School , Alaska Virtual School , Basehor-Linwood Virtual School , Acklam Grange , Illinois Virtual School …

Florida continues to expand school choice with new programs

Many students take courses online in addition to their regular classes, though they are permitted to attend virtual school full time. Some families use …

Virtual Schools Market Demand, Growth Factors, Latest Rising Trend & Forecast to 2025: Key …

Virtual Schools Market Demand, Growth Factors, Latest Rising Trend & Forecast to 2025: Key Players – Acklam Grange, Illinois Virtual School (IVS).

Glenda Ritz: Stop state money to virtual schools

So, it does not surprise me that these virtual schools took the state tuition money to enroll students with disabilities whom they knew they could not …

Why critics say Indiana isn’t going far enough to address online schools’ biggest problems

Some Indiana leaders and school choice advocates are skeptical that Republican-backed bills proposed this year to rein in virtual charter schools can …

The House And Senate Have Approved Virtual Education Bills. Now What?

Those include limiting enrollment and growth for virtual schools and stricter regulations for virtual charter authorizers. The bills approved by lawmakers …

R-III drops virtual education plan

The Kirksville R-III School District is no longer pursuing the idea of operating its own virtual school, Superintendent Dr. Damon Kizzire confirmed at the …

St. Libory fourth-graders report on Nebraska through internet connection

During the two days of the virtual learning project Monday and Tuesday, Callihan said, students connect with classrooms at Gibbon, Cedar Hollow and …

VHS Improves National Standards for Quality Online Learning with Virtual Learning Leadership …

BOSTON, March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is once again setting the standards for quality online education.

More than 9000 attended the virtual med school fair — and it’s still going on

Now, he says, he’s delighted to be one step closer to finding that school thanks to “some incredible conversations” at the AAMC Virtual Medical School …

Online learning fuels Oneida’s continued, massive growth

Fueled by its online learning program, the district this year grew by 67 percent, … Students enroll in virtual schools through school districts and charter …

Connections opens enrollment

Wyoming Connections Academy, a statewide virtual school with a regional connection, has opened enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year.

Clark Public School District Holds Virtual Parent University Session “Overview of Assessments …

The Clark Public School District recently held a virtual Parent University session, “Overview of Assessments/NJSLA Resources,” hosted by Andrew …

Virtual School Planned For Bay City

The Bay City school district is working toward establishing a virtual on-line school this fall. Superintendent Stephen Bigelow explained it would meet …

Don’t exclude kids in care over ‘stress hormones’, education bosses say

The Virtual School – the body which supports these children in education – has encouraged agreements from schools both in Oldham and out of the …

Education savings accounts are just another voucher scheme ripe for abuse | Opinion

If you want to undermine education, give addicted parents thousands of tax dollars to home school or virtual school so parents can game the system to …

@FGCU_MTen continues home slate against UNC Asheville, UNC Wilmington

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team (4-6, 1-0 ASUN) will continue its long home swing with two matches in as many days at the FGCU …

Nominations open for the Lincolnshire Media Golden Apples Education Awards 2019

PRIMARY LINCOLNSHIRE VIRTUAL SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (OPEN TO STUDENTS AGED 11 AND UNDER). This category is for pupils …

Lewisham Virtual School

Talk About Art worked with Lewisham Virtual School (LVS) and Youth First to create a 10-week programme aimed at helping children who cannot …

After school programs may be option for LC kids

Supervisor Jeff Tidd and ALC Principal and Attendance Director Aaron Radcliff discussed virtual school, saying it became an initiative in West Virginia …

New transparency reporting requirements for virtual charter schools advance to state Senate

Ongoing investigations by state and federal authorities into Epic Charter Schools, the operator of the state’s largest virtual school, came up during …

Pulaski County Special School District keeps tie to adviser

… with the Epic Charter Schools of Tulsa and Oklahoma City to be the academic content and technology providers for the Driven virtual school.

@FGCU_WTen Cruises Past Chattanooga 6-1

FORT MYERS, FL – The FGCU women’s tennis team (5-6, 0-1 ASUN) downed Chattanooga (7-4), claiming a 6-1 match Wednesday afternoon at the …

Beyond Educators – The New Role of Teachers In Our School System

This program helps schools by conducting virtual school drills and exercises regularly and testing all critical response and safety systems and …

The Virtual schools market closely surveys 2021 industry overview with growth analysis | Top …

The latest report on the Virtual schools market closely surveys, examines and offers vital statistics on the Virtual schools market for the forecast period …

Global Virtual Schools Market 2019 Feature Growth – K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Mosaica …

Global Virtual Schools Market 2019 Feature Growth – K12 Inc, Connections Academy, Mosaica Education, Pansophic Learning, Florida Virtual School …

Despite low marks, some students succeeding in cyber school

GRAY COURT, S.C. (WSPA) – Some Upstate families are leaving traditional classrooms and entering virtual school. Officals at the Cyber Academy of …

Sunshine Week brightens a bit with bill to protect public records seekers | Editorial

After reporters asked for copies of complaints against Frank Kruppenbacher from his time as attorney for Florida Virtual School, the virtual school sued …

Don’t exclude kids in care over ‘stress hormones’, council chiefs tell teachers

The Virtual School – the body which supports these children in education – has encouraged agreements from schools both in Oldham and out of the …

Virtual Schools Market Astonishing Growth| Mosaica Education, White Hat Management …

Connections Education, K12 Inc., Mosaica Education, White Hat Management, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School & Basehor-Linwood …

Letter: Online public school worked for this family

We made the switch to virtual school and haven’t looked back. OHVA has alleviated the anxiety he developed from his brick-and-mortar school …

Student agrees to serve probation, forfeit firearms for posting school-shooting threat

McHugh told Howard that Nee was no longer continuing his education through the Florida Virtual School, which Nee was enrolled in subsequent to …

Community Calendar

… drop in to receive enrollment assistance without an appointment. For information go to www.connectionsacademy.com/south-carolina-virtual-school/ …

Art by teenagers with anxiety disorders goes on display in Lewisham

… at Catford Library from March 21 to April 4, and is organised by charity Talk About Art in partnership with Lewisham Virtual School and Youth First.

Letter: Judge each virtual school on its merits

Last week Glenda Ritz wrote about the dismal performance of the Indiana Virtual School and the Indiana Virtual Pathways Academy [Stop state money …

Kevin Hanson’s children talk about going to virtual school so they can see their father more.

Days before the FIU bridge collapsed onto SW Eighth Street in Miami-Dade, FL on March 15, 2018, a worker who saw cracks in the structure took …

Rogers School District announces administrative moves

… the district’s alternative learning programs and the new virtual school. Tomasko began working for the district in 2001 as a middle-school counselor.

Tebet gives Eagles final push over UNCW

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team (5-7, 1-0 ASUN) was on the winning side of a 4-3 battle against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks …

Former Gibbs High student, 18, arrested over Snapchat school-threat post

She now is a student at Florida Virtual School, the online school providing remote personal learning to public, private, and home-schooled students …

GRANT AWARDED TO SUPPORT CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH TRAUMATIC EVENTS

Devon County Council’s Virtual School head teacher, Ian Hemelik, said: “Working closely together we can ensure we do the best job possible for …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Local students experiences with cyber school 3-7-19

Dave Renninger highlights the achievements of AJ Choi and Eva Choi who will be sharing their experiences with cyber school plus all they do for the …

Lancaster Township stabbing death ruled a homicide; suspect denied bail

Shannon showed deep interest in computers when he was younger, according to a 2003 LNP article about his experience as a cyber school student.

Central Bucks, other districts exploring later daily start times

The Doylestown Borough resident has twin daughters, one a junior at Central Bucks High School West and the other now attending a cyber school …

Virtual Schools Market: Enormous opportunities propelled by Rising Incidences, Technological …

“Industry Overview of the Report 2024: An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or …

Punxsutawney School Board reviews high cyber school rate, safety plan

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Safety and high cyber school rates were among topics Thursday evening during Punxsutawney Area School Board’s March …

Cinderella’s Closet opens for prom season

Home school and cyber school students also are welcome. • We will only accept cash so please come prepared. • Each student may bring an adult …

Virtual Schools Market 2019 K12 Inc Connections Academy Mosaica Education Pansophic …

An online school (virtual school or e-school or cyber-school) teaches students entirely or primarily online or through the internet. An online school can …

Punxsutawney School Board reviews high cyber school rate, safety plan

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Safety and high cyber school rates were among topics Thursday evening during Punxsutawney Area School Board’s March …

GASD monitors proposed cyber school funding reforms

With over $1 million going toward cyber schools annually, proposed legislation to reform that funding has caught the Gettysburg School Board’s …

Rights of Students with Disabilities in Non-traditional Settings:

Children with disabilities are educated in different settings, including charter schools, cyber programs, credit recovery/accelerated schools and …

Uniontown superintendent urges public to contact state legislators in support ofcyber school bills

Currently, school districts are mandated to pay tuition for district students who opt out of district education and into a state-wide cyber charter school.

Cyber Academy student wins Spanish spelling bee

Cyber Academy student wins Spanish spelling bee … middle schools; Rio Rancho Cyber Academy; and St. Thomas Aquinas School competed in the …

Committee members conceptually back Wolf’s plan for fresh round of schoolsafety, security funding

Some of the cyber charter schools across Pennsylvania have not met the Department of Education’s criteria, McCarter said, “and yet, that money still …

Lackawanna Trail Board of Education approves contract with VLN Partners

Board Secretary Kevin Mulhern voiced his displeasure regarding the lack of a response from several elected officials regarding cyber school concerns …

Lackwanna Trail improves safety of buildings through improvements, donation

“I know the board is greatly concerned that we’re approaching $1 million that we may have to budget to support those going to cyber school program,” …

DASD summer school programs approved

The DuBois Area Middle School Summer School utilizes the same PLATO platform used in the DASD Cyber School. Students start the program by …

Despite low marks, some students succeeding in cyber school

Two years ago, Lisa Suttle enrolled her son and daughter in public cyber school. She said Konner has a learning disability and ADHD and was …

Are Pa. school districts paying too much for cyber charter students?

Hayden dismissed comparisons between PA Cyber and a district-run cyber school, describing his school’s programs as more comprehensive.

Muhlenberg School District superintendent blasts college admissions scandal

… Khalid Mumin, superintendent of the Reading School District, about establishing a joint cyber school. He believes Muhlenberg School District could …

York County’s Trinity Thomas racks up awards as freshman gymnast with Florida Gators

She trained at Prestige Gymnastics in Lancaster County, and attended cyber school to accommodate her travel schedule with gymnastics.

More than a quarter of students in these 5 Central Pa. schools fail to graduate on time

Some cyber school and night school can also be helpful, although they have their drawbacks, said Mahoney. Cyber school can be difficult for transient …

Superintendent reorganizes staff, proposes policy

… High School, Juniata High School and Tuscarora Junior High School. A Juniata County School District cyber school principal is to be determined.

 

March 10, 2019

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school.

1. TI- How can we best support looked-after children ?
AU- Baird, Roger
JN- TES: Times Educational Supplement
PD- 11/16/2018, Issue 5326, p42-49
PG- 6p
DT- 20181116
PT- Article
AB- The article offers information on looked-after children. Topics include most teachers are likely to have a looked after child as a pupil once in their careers and will have been at risk of making similar mistakes with these very vulnerable young people; mentions looked-after and adopted children can exhibit a variety of problems; and also mentions virtual school heads saw their roles expand last year to take on responsibility for adopted children under the Children and Social Work Act.
DE- ADOPTED children
DE- SCHOOL children
DE- AT-risk students
DE- YOUNG adults
DE- VIRTUAL schools
IS- 00407887
AN- 134383822

2. TI- K-12 online learning journal articles: trends from two decades of scholarship.
AU- Arnesen, Karen T.1
AU- Hveem, Joshua1
AU- Short, Cecil R.1
AU- West, Richard E.1
AU- Barbour, Michael K.2 mkbarbour@gmail.com
JN- Distance Education
PD- Jan2019, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p32-53
PG- 22p
DT- 20190101
PT- Article
AB- In this study, we examined the research literature in the field of K-12 online learning to identify the leading scholars, journals, top cited articles, research methods, and topics in this field of inquiry. Our research process involved collecting a corpus of journal articles focused on K-12 online and distance learning; categorizing these articles according to their research methodologies; analyzing trends not only in methodologies employed but also in authorship, citations, journals, and topics addressed. We found the field of K-12 online learning to be growing rapidly in recent years with acceleration not only of new articles but especially of new authors. We also found the field began primarily with emphasizing theoretical articles but is now maturing and emphasizing increasingly more data-based articles. We found K-12 online learning scholarship is scattered among many journals, providing rich opportunities for scholars while also making it more difficult to discern trends across the discipline. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of Distance Education is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
KW- cyber school
KW- Distance education and telelearning
KW- elementary education
KW- journal analysis
KW- K-12 online learning
KW- secondary education
KW- virtual school
AD- 1Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA
AD- 2College of Education & Health Sciences, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA, USA
FT- 10587
IS- 01587919
DI- 10.1080/01587919.2018.1553566
AN- 134919124

3. TI- PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE: Limited Options Available for Many American Indian and Alaska Native Students.
AU- Nowicki, Jacqueline M.  1  nowickij@gao.gov
JN- GAO Reports
PD- 2/25/2019, pi-33
PG- 39p
DT- 20190225
PT- Article
AB- The article looks at a reports from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) which was asked to review K-12 school choice options for Indian students. It mentions examines the public school options located in areas with large Indian student populations and used Education’s Common Core of Data for school year 2015-2016. It also mentions school districts in which Indian students accounted for 25 percent or more of all students.
SU- School districts
SU- School choice
SU- Public schools
SU- Common Core State Standards
SU- Students
IC- 611110 Elementary and Secondary Schools
AD- 1 Director Education, Workforce, and Income Security Issues
AN- 134920130

4. TI- Edmentum, Inc.
JN- Edmentum, Inc. MarketLine Company Profile
PD- 1/24/2019, pN.PAG-N.PAG
PG- 1p
DT- 20190124
PT- Company Report
AB- Edmentum is engaged in providing online learning solutions. The company’s products include Study Island, Plato Courseware, EducationCity, EdOptions Academy, Edmentum Reading Suite, Edmentum Assessments and Edmentum Adult + Higher Ed. Edmentum primarily operates in the US, where it is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. As a privately-held entity, Edmentum is not obliged to publish its financial results. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of Edmentum, Inc. MarketLine Company Profile is the property of MarketLine, a Progressive Digital Media business and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
SU- Distance education
GE- United States
CO- Plato Learning Inc. DUNS Number: 613196567
IC- 923110 Administration of Education Programs
IC- 611699 All Other Miscellaneous Schools and Instruction
FT- 1653
AN- 134906225

Next, the alert for cyber school.

1. TI- K-12 online learning journal articles: trends from two decades of scholarship.
AU- Arnesen, Karen T.1
AU- Hveem, Joshua1
AU- Short, Cecil R.1
AU- West, Richard E.1
AU- Barbour, Michael K.2 mkbarbour@gmail.com
JN- Distance Education
PD- Jan2019, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p32-53
PG- 22p
DT- 20190101
PT- Article
AB- In this study, we examined the research literature in the field of K-12 online learning to identify the leading scholars, journals, top cited articles, research methods, and topics in this field of inquiry. Our research process involved collecting a corpus of journal articles focused on K-12 online and distance learning; categorizing these articles according to their research methodologies; analyzing trends not only in methodologies employed but also in authorship, citations, journals, and topics addressed. We found the field of K-12 online learning to be growing rapidly in recent years with acceleration not only of new articles but especially of new authors. We also found the field began primarily with emphasizing theoretical articles but is now maturing and emphasizing increasingly more data-based articles. We found K-12 online learning scholarship is scattered among many journals, providing rich opportunities for scholars while also making it more difficult to discern trends across the discipline. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of Distance Education is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
KW- cyber school
KW- Distance education and telelearning
KW- elementary education
KW- journal analysis
KW- K-12 online learning
KW- secondary education
KW- virtual school
AD- 1Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA
AD- 2College of Education & Health Sciences, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA, USA
FT- 10587
IS- 01587919
DI- 10.1080/01587919.2018.1553566
AN- 134919124

Finally, the alert for K-12 online learning.

1. TI- K-12 online learning journal articles: trends from two decades of scholarship.
AU- Arnesen, Karen T.1
AU- Hveem, Joshua1
AU- Short, Cecil R.1
AU- West, Richard E.1
AU- Barbour, Michael K.2 mkbarbour@gmail.com
JN- Distance Education
PD- Jan2019, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p32-53
PG- 22p
DT- 20190101
PT- Article
AB- In this study, we examined the research literature in the field of K-12 online learning to identify the leading scholars, journals, top cited articles, research methods, and topics in this field of inquiry. Our research process involved collecting a corpus of journal articles focused on K-12 online and distance learning; categorizing these articles according to their research methodologies; analyzing trends not only in methodologies employed but also in authorship, citations, journals, and topics addressed. We found the field of K-12 online learning to be growing rapidly in recent years with acceleration not only of new articles but especially of new authors. We also found the field began primarily with emphasizing theoretical articles but is now maturing and emphasizing increasingly more data-based articles. We found K-12 online learning scholarship is scattered among many journals, providing rich opportunities for scholars while also making it more difficult to discern trends across the discipline. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
AB- Copyright of Distance Education is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
KW- cyber school
KW- Distance education and telelearning
KW- elementary education
KW- journal analysis
KW- K-12 online learning
KW- secondary education
KW- virtual school
AD- 1Department of Instructional Psychology and Technology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA
AD- 2College of Education & Health Sciences, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA, USA
FT- 10587
IS- 01587919
DI- 10.1080/01587919.2018.1553566
AN- 134919124

Lots to report this week…

March 9, 2019

Virtual Schooling In The News

InTheNewsBeginning with the SmartBrief for EdTech.

Calif. school supports “open access” AP

Calif. school supports "open access" AP
(Pixabay)
A California high school is working toward a goal of having 50% of all juniors and seniors enroll in an Advanced Placement course prior to graduation, writes teacher Sondra McNair. In this blog post, she describes how the school supports the school district’s “open access” AP program, such as by installing a dedicated AP space and utilizing digital learning resources.
SmartBrief/Education (3/6)

Other News

Back to the regular Google News alert for virtual school.

‘Us vs. them’ mentality leads Epic Charter School founders to increase political contributions

About two-thirds of the students are enrolled in the virtual school district Epic One-on-One Charter School, while the remaining students are enrolled in …

Indiana district wants charters of 2 virtual schools revoked

The Daleville Community Schools board voted unanimously last week to recommend revoking the charters of the Indiana Virtual School and the …

#50 @FGCU_WTen Falls in ASUN Opener to UNF, 4-3

FORT MYERS, FL – The No. 50 FGCU women’s tennis team (4-4, 0-1 ASUN) dropped a hard-fought 4-3 match in its conference opener to UNF (5-6, …

Global Virtual School Market 2019-2025 Industry Size, Development rate and Future opportunies

Global Virtual School market report studies the global Virtual School market status and forecast,market size (value & volume), type, application, and …

Shoveling through the snow days

… being used elsewhere, such as Iowa City adding 10 minutes to each school day as makeup, and Estherville doing virtual school days online.

Valve under fire as sexually explicit game glorifying rape is listed on Steam

As a result, Active Shooter was eventually pulled from Steam, not because it enables players to partake in virtual school shootings, but because, said …

Where do Colorado’s online school students end up? Lawmakers want to know.

One Indiana virtual school, for example, enrolled 10,000 students in a single year. But only 851 lasted for the entire year. Yvette Harrison and her …

Global Virtual School Market 2019 – industry expected to grow at a CAGR XX million dollar …

“Global Virtual School Market” : The new research report on global Virtual School market offers in-depth insights, revenue details, and other vital …

Significant improvements to Slough’s children’s services highlighted in Ofsted report

Ofsted praised the trust’s Virtual School, which works to ensure children in care reach their potential. Services for care leavers were said to have …

No-show students and other allegations against troubled virtual schools spark outrage from state …

Top state education leaders called it a “scandal” and “serious” that two Indiana virtual charter schools are accused of counting toward their enrollment …

Can Indiana recoup funds from troubled virtual schools? That might be part of a state investigation

Indiana education officials expect to investigate allegations that many students at two troubled virtual schools never signed up for or completed …

Troubled Indiana virtual schools poised to lose charters

Two of the state’s largest, most troubled virtual schools were put on notice Monday night that their charters could be revoked after their authorizer …

Indiana district wants charters of 2 virtual schools revoked

DALEVILLE, Ind. (AP) – A central Indiana school district wants to revoke the charters of two virtual schoolsthat face a host of concerns about their …

Almost 10000 students went to this online school last year. 851 stayed the whole time

Nearly 10,000 students attended Indiana Virtual School at some point last school year, but about 91 percent didn’t stay for an entire year, new data …

New Report Predicts More Growth for Virtual Schools by 2024

A new report predicts that over the next five years, virtual schools will undergo significant growth in the United States and around the world. Global …

District wants charters of 2 virtual schools revoked

DALEVILLE — A central Indiana school district wants to revoke the charters of two virtual schools that face a host of concerns about their performance.

Virtual learning could take place of snow days

WAUSAU (WAOW) — As the snow piles up outside, so does the time lost at school for kids across the Badger State. Some districts have had to cancel …

Investigation into Epic Charter Schools: Seven key points you need to know

As a new investigation has opened into Oklahoma’s statewide virtual charter school, lawmakers are also taking notice as an estimated $18 million in …

Two Of Indiana’s Virtual Schools At Risk Of Shutting Down

The school district that authorizes two of the state’s virtual charter schools says hundreds of the enrolled students haven’t earned credits or submitted …

The House And Senate Have Approved Virtual Education Bills. Now What?

The bills approved by lawmakers so far focus mostly on orientation for virtual school families also included in the recommendations. But some Senate …

Why critics say Indiana isn’t going far enough to address online schools’ biggest problems

The critics say those changes could have helped Indiana avoid major issues like those alleged last week at Indiana Virtual School and Indiana Virtual …

CourseArc announces partnership with Idaho Digital Learning

BALTIMORE, March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Idaho Digital Learning, the state of Idaho’s virtual schoolserving over 30,000 students annually, is using …

Revised K-12 National Standards For Quality Online Teaching and Programs Released By Quality …

Dawn Nordine, Executive Director, Wisconsin Virtual School and a member of the National Standards for Quality Leadership Team expressed the …

#50 @FGCU_WTen Hosts Furman Wednesday Morning

FORT MYERS, FL – The FGCU women’s tennis team (4-4, 0-1 ASUN) welcomes Furman for a mid-week match taking place at 10 am Wednesday …

PREVIEW: @FGCU_MTen heads to Orlando for midweek matchup against No. 36 Penn State

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team (3-4, 1-0 ASUN) will travel to Orlando this Wednesday, March 6 to take on No. 36 Penn State as …

Valve Under Fire For Game Listed on Steam That Glorifies Rape

It’s worth noting that Active Shooter was not removed from Steam due to it allowing players to participate in virtual school shootings, but because it was …

Oklahoma Connections Academy Kicks Off Open Enrollment for 2019-20 School Year

These events provide parents the opportunity to meet with teachers and ask questions to determine if virtual school is a good fit for their student.

Virtual Schools Market Key Players, End User, Demand and Consumption By 2024

K12 Inc and Connections Academy are market leader of for profit player, they take a total market share of 44% in 2017, while Florida Virtual School …

Hallsville ISD gives town hall address on state of district

… highlights of the district, which currently has a total student enrollment of about 5,071 students and about 6,500 students in its virtual school program.

The 8 Most Disturbing Data Breaches of 2018

On February 11, Florida Virtual School became aware and reported major data breach that left the personal data of more than 368,000 students …

Eagles fall to No. 36 Penn State

ORLANDO – The FGCU men’s tennis team (3-5, 1-0 ASUN) was swept 7-0 by No. 36 Penn State (7-4, 0-1 Big 10) Wednesday afternoon at the USTA …

Research delivers insight into the global K-12 Education Technology market during the period …

There are several states that are utilizing virtual school platforms for e-learning across the country that continue to increase. Virtual school enables …

PREVIEW: @FGCU_MTen set to host VCU, George Washington this weekend

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s tennis team (3-5, 1-0 ASUN) will begin its seven-match homestand by hosting two Atlantic 10 Conference …

Research Report Explores the Virtual Schools Market Size 2018 to 2023

… Inspire Charter Schools, Abbotsford Virtual School, Alaska Virtual School, Basehor-Linwood Virtual School, Acklam Grange, Illinois Virtual School …

Finally, the Google News alert for cyber school.

Proposed bills could provide relief to school districts regarding cyber school tuition

Rhodes said Southmoreland School District is currently spending $1.2 million on cyber school even though they do offer their own cyber program, …

Making up lost time

“If they aren’t in cyber-school, they should be going to school.” Grala, on the other hand, supports FIDs because they give her family the opportunity to …

Cyber school at JSU seen as filling ‘critical need’

The cyber school program announced for Jacksonville State University at a recent trustee meeting still has to be approved by the Alabama …

Proposed bills could provide relief to school districts regarding cyber school tuition

Curt Sonney, R-Erie, have local school districts hopeful about the possibility of being able to get out from under the crippling expenses of cyber school …

Cyber school at JSU seen as filling ‘critical need’

The cyber school program announced for Jacksonville State University at a recent trustee meeting still has to be approved by the Alabama …

Proposed bills could provide relief to school districts regarding cyber school tuition

Some local education officials believe legislation introduced at the state level that amends how cyber schools are funded could significantly curb …

Laurels & lances: Cyber school, a hero’s honor and what happens in Vegas

Updated less than a minute ago. Laurel: To public school districts like Leechburg, Hempfield, Jeannette, Seneca Valley, Norwin and a growing list of …

Proposed law could save Pennsylvania school districts money, but be ‘death knell’ for cyber charters

Proposed legislation in Harrisburg would save some Lehigh Valley school districts millions of dollars each year in cyber charter tuition, but could leave …

Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School Now Accepting Enrollments for 2019-2020 School Year

EXTON, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 28, 2019–Insight Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (ISPA), a full-time online public school, welcomes …

Florida Cyber Charter Academy Invites Students to Enroll for 2019-20 SchoolYear

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 28, 2019–Florida Cyber Charter Academy (FLCCA), anonline public charter school, is now accepting …

Florida Cyber Charter Academy Invites Students to Enroll for 2019-20 SchoolYear

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Florida Cyber Charter Academy (FLCCA), an online public charter school, is now accepting applications …

Uniontown superintendent urges public to contact state legislators in support of cyber school bills

UNIONTOWN — Uniontown Area School District Superintendent Dr. Charles Machesky said state legislation recently introduced that would amend …

Wolf’s plan to boost teacher salaries faces skepticism in state House

Right now, districts send money to cyber charters for each resident who attends a cyber school. That payment is based on the district’s per-pupil …

GASD monitors proposed cyber school funding reforms

With over $1 million going toward cyber schools annually, proposed legislation to reform that funding has caught the Gettysburg School Board’s …

Midd-West students to protest school’s reaction to bullying

“Bullying needs to stop,” she said of what led an older son to leave the high school this week for cyber school after his concerns were not addressed.

Post-Gazette Athletes of the Week: Sean Loughran and Heather Gardner

It’s very stressful and I actually went to cyber-school this year, halfway through the year, because school was getting a little out of hand with trying to …

Student who successfully appealed expulsion will not return to Manheim Township High School

A student who successfully appealed his expulsion from Manheim Township High School will finish his senior year in cyber school, a lawyer …

Protest leads to dissent among students

Junior Robert Petty has decided to enter cyber school to get away from the negativity but joined his classmates at the protest. “There were people …

 

March 3, 2019

EBSCO Alerts

ebscoFirst, the alert for virtual school.

TI- Supporting Literacy with Accessibility: Virtual School Course Designers’ Planning for Students with Disabilities
AU- Rice, Mary F.
SO- Online Learning, v22 n4 p161-179 Dec 2018
VI- 22
IP- 4
DT- 20181201
YR- 2018
SP- 161
EP- 179
PG- 19
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Report
SU- Literacy Education; Disabilities; Virtual Classrooms; Educational Technology; Technology Uses in Education; Program Design; Educational Objectives; Individualized Instruction; Elementary Secondary Education; Online Courses; Instructional Design; Access to Education; Algebra
SU- Elementary Secondary Education
AB- As more K-12 students with disabilities enroll in online courses, virtual schools and programs are working to make courses accessible through stronger course design. When course designers approach the issue of accessibility, they must comply with legal requirements and mitigate the challenges many students with disabilities face for literacy and learning. These challenges include a lack of vocabulary support and complex text in online course materials. This study describes qualitative research that sought to uncover strategies course designers used to meet accessibility standards and promote literacies online for all students, especially students with disabilities. Three strategies emerged as findings: (1) composing clear articulations of learning objectives, (2) promoting personalized and contextualized learning, and (3) planning for visual and audio representation of concepts. While the course designers displayed emerging understandings of accessibility, they were less adept at addressing the interplay between literacies that promote access and accessibility features that promote literacies.
LA- English
IS- 2472-5749
FT- Y
AN- EJ1202365
TY- EJ
LV- Available online
EM- 2019
RV- Y

Next, the alert for cyber school.

TI- Online Stratification: How Academic Performance Indicators Relate to Choices between Cyber Charter Schools
AU- Mann, Bryan A.
AU- Kotok, Stephen
SO- Teachers College Record, v121 n3 2019
VI- 121
IP- 3
DT- 20190101
YR- 2019
PT- Academic Journal
PT- Report
SU- Charter Schools; Enrollment Trends; Educational Improvement; Student Characteristics; School Districts; Academic Achievement; School Choice; High Achievement; Educational Indicators; Virtual Classrooms
GE- Pennsylvania
AB- Background/Context: A primary argument that supports charter school policy assumes students favor schools with high academic performance ratings, leading to systemic school improvement. Previous research challenges this assumption but has limited generalizability because geographic and enrollment constraints limit student choice sets. Purpose/Objective: This study examines student enrollment patterns within cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, a state where elected policymakers tend to view choice as a means for school improvement. Cyber charter schools are advantageous to study in this context because they have fewer enrollment barriers, helping researchers account for constraints found in previous studies. Research Design: Using consecutive years of studentlevel enrollment data, we use descriptive statistics and multinomial logistic regression analyses to answer the following questions: Is a particular cyber charter school more popular if it displays relatively higher performance on academic indicators? To what extent do enrollments in the highest performing cyber charter school relate to the demographics of students and school environments that they left? Findings/Results: The findings suggest that despite the more accessible choice sets inherent in the cyber charter school sector, academic performance indicators still are not linked to popularity within the sector. Enrollment clustering persists along student demographics and feeder district traits. Conclusions/Recommendations: These findings suggest that even in the cyber charter school sector where key enrollment restrictions are removed, inequitable enrollment patterns persist. These findings continue to challenge basic assumptions used in school choice policy framing. Policymakers should consider this evidence when and if they design and implement charter school policy, creating policy that accounts for inequitable enrollments that occur under current policy logic.
LA- English
IS- 0161-4681
AN- EJ1200458
TY- EJ
LV- Not available from ERIC
EM- 2018
RV- Y

Finally, I did not receive the alert for K-12 online learning.

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