Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report - 2014–15

Concurrent Session 7

Brief Abstract

The author of Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute's third annual report on the statewide effectiveness of K-12 virtual learning in Michigan will highlight enrollment totals, completion rates, and overall impact, and will lead discussion about the implications of the findings on future data collection, practice, and research. http://media.mivu.org/institute/pdf/er_2015.pdf

Extended Abstract

Based on pupil completion and performance data reported to the state by school entities, this presentation shares data presented in Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute’s 3rd annual virtual learning effectiveness report (http://media.mivu.org/institute/pdf/er_2015.pdf).  This report, based on data from the 2014-15 school year, highlights enrollment totals, completion rates, and the overall impact of virtual courses on Michigan K-12 pupils. Over 91,000 Michigan K-12 students took virtual courses in 2014-15, accounting for almost 446,000 virtual course enrollments. Sixty-three percent of virtual enrollments were from non-cyber public schools through a provider other than the state virtual school. Enrollments were heaviest in the high school grades, but elementary and middle school showed large percentage increases. The percentage of virtual enrollments with a completion status of “Completed/Passed” was 60%; however, half of virtual learners passed every virtual course they took. One in four virtual learners, on the other hand, failed every virtual course they took. Thirty-one percent of Michigan public K-12 schools had one or more students take a virtual course in 2014-15. About 2.75% of all K-12 course enrollments in the state were delivered virtually. The report acts a replicable model for other states to track and report on the growing number of K-12 virtual enrollments.