Despite the rapid increase in the use of online courses, few states or districts collect data that can tell us about the myriad of ways in which schools are using online learning for their students, including what kinds of courses students are taking online, why they are turning to these kinds of courses, and how students are performing in these courses. Based on collaborative research with the REL Midwest's Virtual Education Research Alliance, three EDC researchers—Peggy Clements (at left), Erin Stafford, and Angela M. Pazzaglia—and Pamela Jacobs of the American Institutes for Research (AIR) have written a new report that advances the field's knowledge about how schools are using online courses for their students, as well as how they are supporting and monitoring these students. Online Course Use in Iowa and Wisconsin Public High Schools: The Results of Two Statewide Surveys includes a survey instrument that other states can use to assess their use of online learning and identify challenges they may need to address to improve student outcomes.
- Read a related blog post by Peggy Clements, “The Need for Better Data about K–12 Online Learning: Starting with How and Why”
- View a video of “Gathering Data about What’s Happening and Why: A Survey to Measure Online Course Use in Schools—a 2014 iNACOL Symposium session that Peggy presented with Virtual Education Research Alliance members Dawn Nordine (Executive Director, Wisconsin Virtual School) and Marcel Kielkucki (Director, High School Completion Programs, Kirkwood Community College, Iowa)
- Read a new article by Peggy Clements, lead author Ashley Lewis Presser, Herbert Ginsberg, and Barbrina Ertle: "Big Math for Little Kids: The Effectiveness of a Preschool and Kindergarten Mathematics Curriculum" (Early Education and Development)
- Explore all of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES)-funded collaborative research being conducted by the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC and the REL Midwest at AIR
Last Updated: January 2015