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ERIC Number: ED536253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Virtual Schools. Literature Review
Blazer, Christie
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
The majority of school districts in the U.S. are providing some form of online learning for their students. In the past, virtual schools primarily targeted advanced students who didn't have access to certain courses in their regular schools. Recently, however, many virtual schools have shifted their focus to credit recovery as a way to provide failing or at-risk students with an alternative to traditional credit recovery courses. This Literature Review summarizes research conducted on the impact of virtual schools on students' achievement, course retention rates, and levels of satisfaction. Studies conducted on the cost effectiveness of virtual schools are also reviewed. Strategies to increase the effectiveness of online learning programs are discussed and a brief description of virtual schools within the state of Florida, including the Miami-Dade Virtual School, is provided. Finally, model programs operating around the U.S. are summarized. (Contains 3 tables.)
Research Services, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 1450 NE Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. Tel: 305-995-1000; Fax: 305-995-7521; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Research Services
Identifiers - Location: Florida