Published Online: October 28, 2008
Published in Print: October 29, 2008, as Online Learning Evolves

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“Keeping Pace With K-12 Online Learning: A Review of State-Level Policy and Practice”

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Online-learning programs that are supplemental to K-12 students’ enrollment in regular schools are continuing to grow rapidly­—with nearly one in three programs increasing enrollment by more than 50 percent last year, according to a survey of 114 providers, reported this week by the North American Council for Online Learning.

But among online programs that are full-time, the largest number of them reported having “full-time equivalent” enrollments within 5 percent of the level of the previous year.

Still, of the 21 full-time online schools that did change in size, 17 grew, 10 of them by 25 percent or more.

The fifth annual “Keeping Pace” reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader features more findings from a Web-based survey of online providers, which range from district-run programs with 500 or fewer course enrollments per year, to state-led programs with more than 5,000 course enrollments.

The report also offers a national policy snapshot, legislative updates, articles from industry experts, and updated state profiles of online learning.

Vol. 28, Issue 10, Page 5

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