ERIC Number: EJ1111516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Virtual Schools: The Changing Landscape of K-12 Education in the U.S.
Toppin, Ian N.; Toppin, Sheila M.
Education and Information Technologies, v21 n6 p1571-1581 Nov 2016
Virtual schools are a growing phenomenon in k-12 education. School systems in almost every state in the United States offer some version of fully online or blended education. It is no longer far-fetched to conclude that if the current trend continues, virtual school enrollments will eclipse those of traditional brick-and-mortar k-12 institutions within the next 10 years. This paper examines some of the challenges and strengths of virtual schools, it offers questions to consider when deciding whether or not a virtual school option would be ideal, and it draws conclusions, which provide an outlook for the future of virtual schools in k-12 education.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Electronic Learning, Institutional Characteristics, Futures (of Society), Educational Trends, Virtual Classrooms
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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