News in Brief

Twenty-One Percent of Schools Offer Online-Only Courses

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

Twenty-one percent of U.S. schools offer courses that are entirely online, without any brick-and-mortar activities, and charter schools are much more likely than traditional schools to offer such courses.

The Teacher and Principal Survey, released last week by the National Center for Education Statistics, reports that in 2015-16, 20 percent of the country's 83,500 traditional public schools and 29 percent of its 6,900 charter schools offered courses that took place exclusively in cyberspace.

Charter schools have waded in more deeply than have traditional schools: 14 percent of charter schools offer all their courses in an online-only format, compared with 5 percent of traditional public schools.

The report marks the first time the NCES has collected data on the use of online-only courses.

Vol. 37, Issue 02, Page 4

Published in Print: August 30, 2017, as Twenty-One Percent of Schools Offer Online-Only Courses
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on edweek.org, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories

Viewed

Emailed

Recommended

Commented