South Dakota's attempt to offer advanced placement (AP) classes for high school students via the internet underscores the need for human interaction and sound scheduling, according to state and local education officials.

The online delivery of AP curriculum has increased access to these valuable classes for the state's students, but, just as with face-to-face instruction, some students couldn't keep up with the work or didn't have the motivation required to complete the challenging classes, officials said.

Having a teacher in the classroom to assist students is still key to...

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