Full-Time Online Schools Not Academically Proven
In addition to supplemental courses offered by the TxVSN, students in grades 3-12 may enroll in full-time online schools (sometimes referred to as virtual schools.)
Full-time online schools operated by school districts may enroll students from across the state. Online schools run by open-enrollment charter schools may enroll students from counties in Texas covered by their charter, subject to their enrollment cap.
As of the 2013-14 school year, 10,273 students were enrolled in one of the state’s eight full-time online schools.
While full-time online schools provide a unique service to students who are unable to attend a traditional public school, their track record for academic achievement is poor.
In 2013-14, well over half (58.9 percent) of full-time online school students were enrolled in a virtual school that did not meet state standards. By comparison, 7.1 percent of students in traditional public schools were enrolled in a school that did not meet state standards.