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How Many Online High School Graduates Really Go On to College?

When we teamed up with the Cleveland Plain Dealer to take a look at how Ohio’s statewide online schools perform, we found something that surprised us: A relatively small percentage of all online school graduates go on to any kind of postsecondary education. By postsecondary education, we mean two-year and four-year programs, as well as vocational programs. [...]

Officials, Educators Question Whether Online Schools are Making the Grade

Tom Woodward / Flickr Ohio has more students enrolled in full-time, online schools than most other states. (We teamed up with the Cleveland Plain Dealer) to write about online schools in Ohio last month.) Now Reuters reports that “a backlash is building” among those who question online schools’ performance: But the anger and skepticism elsewhere [...]

A Day in the Life at an E-School

Clinton Zehr was a student at the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

Every day, 33,000 Ohio students attend class not in a building, but through their laptops. The trend of online education has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last ten years. But what’s it like to take an online class? Or to teach one? StateImpact Ohio tagged along with one school teacher, Treva Matalon, and [...]

How Online Education is Changing School in Ohio

Corein Loving, 17, works on his online AP Art studies at a "blended learning" charter school in Cleveland.

More than 30,000 Ohio students attend school online, skipping buses, cafeterias and classrooms to do their lessons entirely by computer, often at home, typing in tests and papers to be reviewed by a teacher far away. That’s more than 12 times the number of students enrolled online in 2000, when Ohio’s first virtual school opened. [...]

How Much Does It Cost to Run an Online School?

Shontyana Black, 18, of Brunswick, gets some online course advice from TRECA Digital Academy regional coordinator Denise Kovatch during a September orientation session.

Robert Mengerink didn’t know how much an online school really costs to operate – until he started one. When he learned this summer that the agency he heads, the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County, could offer a basic online program for less than half of what the state pays online schools per student, he [...]

For Most Online School Graduates, Formal Education Stops with High School

TRECA Digital Academy staffer Tina Dracon helps 17-year-old Jonathan Poling get his computer set up as mother Liz looks on during an September orientation session.

Few graduates of Ohio’s statewide online schools attend postsecondary training: not a two-year community college, not a four-year public university and often not even training for a vocational certificate. Fewer than one in 10 online school graduates go on for postsecondary work, compared with nearly four in 10 for Ohio’s “Big 8″ urban districts, according [...]

Is Outsourcing Your Online Teaching Job Outright Cheating or Plain Old Common Sense?

hobvias sudoneighm / Flickr Marilyn Hiestand was a teacher at one of Ohio’s largest online schools, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT. She lost her teaching license earlier this month after the school found out she hired a former student to do some of her work. (See Student Impersonates Teacher at Ohio Online School For More [...]

Student Impersonates Teacher at Ohio Online School For More Than a Year

On the internet, no one can tell if you're a dog. Or a teacher who's not really a teacher.

For more than a year, a teacher at one of Ohio’s largest online schools hired a former student to teach her classes and work with students. The students apparently had no idea their “teacher” was a college dropout whose work experience consisted of stints at Burger King and in a hospital laundry. The Electronic Classroom [...]

First-Day-of-School Hiccups Happen at Ohio’s Largest Online Schools Too

Online schools don’t have buses and buildings, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune from first day of school hiccups. While the Columbus school district dealt with bus delays and Cleveland told as many as 290 families to show up at a school that doesn’t exist, Ohio’s two largest online schools had a few issues of their [...]

Ohio #2 in Online School Enrollment

Only one state has more students enrolled in full-time online schools than Ohio. Just over 31,000 Ohio students were enrolled in full-time online schools — as opposed to taking a single online class while enrolled in a local school district, for example — last school year. That’s about 2 percent of Ohio K-12 students. Only [...]

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