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Connecting Students to Advanced Courses Online

By WestEd for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement


This guide highlights six providers of academic course work that are using Internet technology to deliver rigorous curricula to students. These providers are expanding beyond the traditional bricks-and-mortar classrooms and increasing access to the rigorous courses students need to be better prepared for the demands of higher education and the global marketplace.

Student success depends on partnerships between providers and the schools and districts they serve. The guide offers examples of promising practices in key areas including ensuring course quality; recruiting, counseling, and supporting students; and tracking outcomes for
continuous improvement.

The featured online course providers are:

  • Colorado Online Learning
  • Florida Virtual School
  • Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy
  • Johns Hopkins University — Center for Talented Youth
  • Michigan Virtual High School
  • Virtual High School (Massachusetts)

The guide also features districts and schools that partner with these providers.

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Format: PDF
Pages: 100
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement