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ERIC Number: ED528948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-10
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
The Costs of Online Learning. Creating Sound Policy for Digital Learning: A Working Paper Series from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Battaglino, Tamara Butler; Haldeman, Matt; Laurans, Eleanor
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
The latest installment of the Fordham Institute's "Creating Sound Policy for Digital Learning" series investigates one of the more controversial aspects of digital learning: How much does it cost? In this paper, the Parthenon Group uses interviews with more than fifty vendors and online-schooling experts to estimate today's average per-pupil cost for a variety of schooling models, traditional and online, and presents a nuanced analysis of the important variance in cost between different school designs. These ranges--from $5,100 to $7,700 for full-time virtual schools, and $7,600 to $10,200 for the blended version--highlight both the potential for low-cost online schooling and the need for better data on costs and outcomes in order for policymakers to reach confident conclusions related to the productivity and efficiency of these promising new models. (Contains 2 figures and 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation
Authoring Institution: Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; New Mexico; New York; Pennsylvania; Wisconsin
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A