States with virtual high schools typically require the administering agency to submit reports for evaluation. This database identifies which states require their virtual school programs to be evaluated.
Why does it matter? Oversight and evaluation of virtual school programs help to ensure quality.
|Must the virtual high school program be evaluated?|
|Alabama||Yes, annual external evaluation|
|Arkansas||Yes, by the Arkansas Department of Education.|
|Idaho||Yes, external evaluation every third year.|
|Kentucky||Yes, internal evaluation by the department of education.|
|Maryland||Yes, external program evaluation.|
|Michigan||Yes, external program evaluation.|
|Mississippi||Yes, annual evaluation|
|North Dakota||No information available|
|Oregon||No information available.|
|South Carolina||The board of education must submit an annual report to the state general assembly. The report must include information such as courses offered through the virtual school, number of districts and students participating, number of private schools and private school students participating, number of home-school students participating, students' sucess rates, number of students who dropped a course and their reasons, expenditures, and number of students unable to enroll because of space limitations.|
Also, at the end of each semester, the department of education must provide student records to the Education Oversight Committee. The committee will monitor the impact of credits earned in the virtual school, on the school and district ratings, with particular attention to performance on end-of-course exams and graduation rates.
|Texas||Yes, the commissioner must prepare a report for each fiscal year. The report must include:|
|Utah||No information available.|
|Virginia||No information available.|
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