[caption id="attachment_104421" align="alignleft" width="150"] "The current weak measures of effectiveness need updating to measure true student success based on outcomes," said one online learning advocate.[/caption]

A report released last week by university researchers is the latest to question the academic merits of full-time virtual schools run by K12 Inc.—and by extension, the promise of cyber education in general.

According to the report, students enrolled in schools run by K12—the nation’s largest virtual school company—have lower scores in math and reading on end-of-year exams than students in traditional schools, and parents are...

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