Virtual High Schools
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Virtual High Schools: Student Curriculum and Access
Has the state established a statewide virtual high school?
May a student earn a diploma through the virtual high school?
Does the virtual high school have a specific focus?
Does the state provide support for hardware/software for urban/low-income/rural schools?
Are students with disabilities required to have access to assistive technology devices for online learning?
Has the state set a cap on the # of courses a student may take (either per semester or during high school career)?
Are there other requirements/limitations? (i.e., local staff must have taken training for a student to be able to access free coursework, students are able to enroll in on-line course only if the course is NOT available at their home school, etc.)
Are courses off-the-shelf or developed internally?
Is the virtual school curriculum aligned to the state's academic standards?
Virtual High Schools: Finance
What is the source of funding (appropriation, grants, etc.)?
Who pays for courses (district/school/student under certain circumstances)?
Cost per course/semester?
Does the state limit enrollment in online courses based on available funding (and if so--does the district assume responsibility for all costs if a student wants to enroll in an online course?)
Virtual High Schools: Teaching Quality
Must all teachers in the virtual program receive appropriate training for online teaching?
Must teachers meet the same certification requirements as regular classroom teachers?
Virtual High Schools: Program Quality/Accountability
Must the virtual high school program be evaluated?
Are students required to participate in mandated state assessments?