A flurry of state-level legislative activity during 2013 sent a strong signal that support for digital-learning initiatives and “next generation” educational models is growing, according to Digital Learning Now!, a project of the Tallahassee, Fla.-based Foundation for Excellence in Education.
In its second annual report card, issued this month, just two states—Florida and Utah—were awarded an A, while 14 were given an F. But the overall picture is one of progress. All told, the group says, 450 digital-learning bills were debated in statehouses during the 2013 legislative session, and 132 were signed into law.
All 50 states were graded on such areas as ensuring all students have access to digital content and online courses, multiple providers, and digital construction, and that all are of high quality.
A version of this article appeared in the March 26, 2014 edition of Education Week as States Found to Be Making Progress on Digital Learning