Virtual High Schools: Must the Virtual High School Program Be Evaluated?
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Virtual High Schools: Must the Virtual High School Program Be Evaluated?

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.

Highlights:

  • Twenty-two states specify that program evaluation is required.
  • Iowa and Wisconsin do not require evaluation.
  • Information was not available to answer this question in four states.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Sources for all data points are available through this link.

    Last updated: December 3, 2007

    Research conducted by Melodye Bush and Michael Colasanti. Please contact Bush (303.299.3631 or mbush@ecs.org) or Colasanti (303.299.3672 or mcolasanti@ecs.org) with comments or questions about this database.


  • Must the virtual high school program be evaluated?
    Alabama Yes, annual external evaluation
    Arizona Yes
    Arkansas Yes, by the Arkansas Department of Education.
    California Yes
    Colorado Yes
    Florida Yes
    Georgia Yes
    Hawaii Yes
    Idaho Yes, external evaluation every third year.
    Illinois Yes
    Iowa No
    Kentucky Yes, internal evaluation by the department of education.
    Louisiana Yes
    Maryland Yes, external program evaluation.
    Michigan Yes, external program evaluation.
    Mississippi Yes, annual evaluation
    Missouri Yes
    New Mexico Yes
    North Carolina Yes
    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.
    South Dakota Yes
    Texas Yes, the commissioner must prepare a report for each fiscal year. The report must include:
  • The results of assessment instruments administered to students enrolled in electronic courses.
  • Alternative models for funding the operation of the state virtual school network.
  • A system of indicators that will allow for comparison of the quality of different provider school districts' and schools' electronic courses for the same course.
  • Utah No information available.
    Virginia No information available.
    West Virginia Yes
    Wisconsin No

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