A virtual high school run by Indiana University (IU) is drawing fire from critics who say students graduating from the program aren't fulfilling the same requirements as other students in the state. Some education officials fear the program will push the state a step backward in its efforts to make secondary education more accountable.

At issue is whose standards should govern education that is delivered online, transcending the traditional geographic boundaries. The debate is likely to reach beyond Indiana, as more universities and other organizations launch web-based high school education programs.

"We have very serious concerns...

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