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5 Policy Recommendations from Ohio’s K-12 E-Learning Experience After a Decade

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by Elbert Chu

 

Ohio’s state seal is sunny Midwest day shining over golden fields with a bundle of wheat and a bundle of spears. Perhaps Ohio should add a pile of computers. Most do not realize it, but Ohio is an innovator in e-schools and already has a decade of experience. So, it makes sense to take a closer look at what they’ve achieved and learned. Bill Tucker and Erin Dillon of the think tank, Education Sector, released a study which is a nicely packaged compilation of blog posts on the subject worth looking at.

These are the 5 policy recommendations, some more obvious than others:

  1. Use Performance, Not Proxies, to Drive Regulation
  2. Tailor Authorizing and Oversight
    The Ohio e-learners  were extremely diverse, and therefore require more thoughtful administration of a sometimes shifting and varied student needs.
  3. Eliminate Accountability-Free Zones
    Expecting less from lower-income communities is not okay.
  4. Help Students and Families Make Good Choices
  5. Ensure Transparency
    Tied to number 4, the authors highlight that for-profits like White Hat intentionally obscure their involvement.
via Education Sector, study PDF.


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