Research Update: Full-Time Virtual Schools Failing Texas Students

    Majority of Texas Learners Enrolled in Failing Schools

    Texas students have access to online learning in various forms. Blended learning is the gold standard, where students learn at least in part online, with some element of student control over the time, place, path, and/or pace of their learning, while also enjoying the benefits that come with education at a physical school. Texas students also have the opportunity to take supplemental online courses through their school district and the state’s Texas Virtual School Network.

    While blended learning and supplemental courses are servings students well, full-time virtual schools in Texas are failing Texas students. Nearly 90 percent of the 2015-16 full-time virtual school students were enrolled in two large schools with failing ratings under the standard accountability system.

    Due to the performance record of virtual schools, the state must prioritize transparency and continued accountability for these programs. We outline our policy concerns and break down the latest full-time virtual school performance data in our 2017 Position Paper.

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