Record: Alex Molnar, ed., Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2014: Politics, Performance, Policy, and Research Evidence (Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center, 2014). Available here.
Summary: This post summarizes the second of three sections of this report. For a summary of section one, which surveys recent legislative activity concerning virtual schooling, click here. For a summary of section three, which provides data about the number of online schools and the type of students attending them, click here.
Section two surveys the research literature on virtual schools. It was written by Michael K. Barbour of Sacred Heart University.
Barbour begins with the general statement that despite the fact that we’ve had 20 years now of virtual schooling, the research base for this form of education remains very weak. (more…)