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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. [...]

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 [...]

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