The University of Arkansas recently published an evaluation of the Arkansas Virtual Academy (ARVA), which found that students attending the online public charter school perform well compared to similar students in other public schools.
According to a news release by Arkansas Virtual Academy, the study found and highlighted five conclusions:
- ARVA students outperformed their comparison peers in math.
- ARVA students outperformed their comparison peers in literacy.
- The positive trends were apparent in nearly all grade cohorts.
- Economically disadvantaged students did particularly well at ARVA, outperforming their comparison peers in math and literacy. (Sixty-one percent of ARVA students are identified as economically disadvantaged).
- There were no statistically significant negative effects for ARVA students in the analyses conducted.
“With these proven and excellent academic results ARVA is proud to join the growing list of educational success stories that Arkansans can point to with pride,” said Jerry Jones, Chairman of the ARVA Board of Directors and an executive at Acxiom Corporation. “These positive outcomes are a testament to our students, the commitment our parents make every day to their children’s education, the dedication and skill of our teachers and administrators, and the quality of our curriculum and education programs. Our Board is pleased for ARVA to be recognized as school where students thrive and that Arkansas families have as an important educational option.”
Marty Lueken and Gary Ritter of the University of Arkansas’ College of Education and Health Professions, Department of Education Reform, led the independent study. It was conducted as part of the ARVA’s charter renewal and was presented to the Arkansas Department of Education earlier this year. The complete evaluation can be found at www.k12.com/ARVA.