Virtual School Update

As you may know, New York was one of the successful states in the second phase of the Race to the Top award.  Modification of teacher evaluation requirements at the state level, combined with other legislative initiatives led to a successful plan in the second round of the competition. 

As part of the Phase II application, NYSED again made mention of the virtual high school.  The description provided to USED can be found on pages 271-272 of the application. (See the full report in the Links section of the site.)

The work proposed will be completed September 2011.  The plan references the concept of online high school allowing students to attend school “anytime and anywhere”.  Alternative pathways for graduation as well as advanced courses study will be explored.  This is all part of Strategy 5 to provide innovative school alternatives.

If you are interested in seeing the pace of this trend across the country, I suggest you do no more than set “online learning” as a GOOGLE ALERT on your email.  I receive at least ten links daily with examples of schools all across the country which are beginning this process.  It will be very interesting to see how this new approach develops in New York.  Teachers and students will both need to adjust to the new concept and gain new skills to be successful. 

We will need to stay tuned!

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