digital divide

This learning style is creating a new digital divide in the U.S.

Best States:

1. Florida: the first state to provide full- and part-time funded options to all students in grades K-12; an estimated 240,000 students took at least one online class in SY 2012-13. FLVS is the largest state virtual school; it successfully served 410,962 course enrollments in SY 2012-13.

2. Minnesota: Many online charter schools and district programs offering part- and full-time options; 27 providers approved by the department of education

[*Kansas, Virginia and Washington are all tied for 3rd place.]

3. Kansas: There are 13 full-time virtual schools, 67 district/building programs, and eight service center programs serving students with supplemental and fully online options. Participating schools and programs may provide supplemental services.

3. Virginia: Virtual Virginia is the state virtual school program; 20 providers who may provide multi-division fully online, supplemental, or blended courses through local school boards are approved for SY 2013-14.

3. Washington: There are 57 approved providers including 18 online course providers, 15 program providers, 19 multi-district online school programs, and 19 single-district online school programs (serving under 10% out-of-district students), serving 19,891 students in part- and full-time programs.

Worst States:

Delaware: No major programs. An Online World Language Program offered by the DOE that started in SY 2012-13 served 700 students in 7th and 8th grades. There are no fully online schools.

Tennessee: One fully online statewide school, at least two fully blended schools, and several district programs including Metro Nashville Public Schools, Memphis Virtual School, and Hamilton County Virtual School.

[*All other states are too similarly profiled]

“In its second decade, Keeping Pace will be dedicated to shining a bright light on this divide and arming policymakers and practitioners with the data they need to bridge it,” concluded the report.

For more detailed information on the online and blended learning digital divide, maps of states with blended schools and virtual schools, policy information, state-by-state profiles, and recommendations, read the report or visit the website.

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