Evaluation of Arkansas Virtual Shows Significant Growth

Wow, more hit pieces on K12. Could some of it be driven by folks trying to profit from bad news? We think so. They missed a few stories we found.
University of Arkansas recently conducted an in-depth evaluation on the Arkansas Virtual Academy and concluded the school demonstrated very positive academic results, “The ARVA cohort improved significantly as compared to their matched peers.”
The K12-managed virtual school (and virtual school programs) in FL have also been successful — multiple years awarded an “A” grade.
Ohio Virtual Academy rated an “Effective School” by state in 2011 with high value-add rating (academic growth).
Michigan Virtual Charter Academy students showed positive academic results.
K12-managed statewide online school in WA received an achievement award from the Dept of Ed this year.
K12-managed Chicago virtual charter school (blended model) made IL Honor Roll in 2009: YCCS Virtual Charter High School blended program two years in a row with strong high numbers of graduates.
 
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Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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