Educators in Alaska are preparing to launch a series of new online courses they say will help students, especially in small rural schools, meet state standards of learning and better prepare for college. The courses also will help the state's rural schools obey new federal requirements to use only highly qualified teachers, program officials say.

Alaska Online, a consortium of nine school districts, has offered a pilot program of 21 online courses for high school students for the past year and will start officially this fall.

Alaska teachers developed most...

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