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ERIC Number: ED554780
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 116
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3030-7022-8
The Effectiveness of Florida Virtual School in Terms of Cost and Student Achievement in a Selected Florida School District
McNally, Susan R.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Florida
Florida Virtual School was started in 1997. Since then, its presence and impact on public education in Florida has grown significantly. The Florida Virtual School was started by the Florida legislature and is funded through Florida's school funding program, receiving annual appropriations based on successful course completions. The Florida Virtual School is considered a public school district in Florida and Florida's school districts are prohibited from denying access of its students to Florida Virtual School. It is anticipated that the demand for and use of the Florida Virtual School will increase. In fact, the Florida legislature, in 2011, added a graduation requirement of one online course for its high school students. The trend and demand for online and virtual education has grown nationwide as well. Few studies have been conducted to determine the overall effectiveness and impact on student achievement that occurs as a result of students in grades 6-12 taking courses through an online platform. Several organizations and policy groups have developed policy papers and written reports on the current state of online and virtual learning nationwide. These publications however, have not addressed the effects and outcomes of online and virtual learning for middle and high school students. The purpose of this study was to determine specifically how student achievement by the students who enrolled in Florida Virtual School classes compared to the student achievement of district students enrolled in the same classes in traditional settings; and was the instruction of district students via the Florida Virtual School a cost-effective approach during the three years of the study? To answer these two questions, this dissertation examined relevant data, primarily from the Florida Virtual School, the selected school district, and the Florida Department of Education as well as from the College Boardâ„¢. As Florida's public school system demands and expects increased access to online and virtual options for its students, it is important for districts to understand the full impact of this movement to inform future policy decisions. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida