[caption id="attachment_90490" align="alignleft" width="215"] In 2010, more than 4 million K-12 students participated in formal virtual learning programs.[/caption]

As more students opt to enroll full-time or part-time in virtual learning programs, a growing number of states are considering proposals mandating that students take at least one online course before graduating from high school.

An important step for states considering such a requirement is to define what they mean by virtual learning and taking an online course, because definitions can vary. The motivation behind the requirement is key, too.

“Access at home and in school is...

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