Digital Learning Now Shows State Progress

Today, Digital Learning Now (DLN) released their 2013 Digital Learning Report Cards. DLN created the report cards to evaluate state progress in advancing the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning. Each report card evaluates the policy climate that affects the outcomes of blended learning systems, quality online instruction and school models.

In addition to the report cards, the third annual summary helps policy makers better understand what states are doing to create a “policy ecosystem” that embraces new educational models and the use of tech to meet the students. These report cards are meant to be an advocacy tool and not only be used for measurement of growth but also as a voice for each state.

From 2012-2013 average scores improved four points on a 100 point scale. Less than a third of states are failing and 22 states increased by at least one letter grade. The full report includes background on DLN, the report card process, more growth measures, 2013 trends, the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning, legislative activity, trends, and summaries as well as links to DLN’s videos, whitepapers and other digital learning resources.

Last year was great for digital learning legislation with 473 bills debated and 132 enacted nationwide. All but four states enacted digital learning legislation, all states but one considered a bill and 33 states enacted more than one bill. The major themes in last years bills included course choice, seat time and adjustments to online learning. Through their study on legislative bills, DLN found that the average bill is passed 85 days after introduction and that a majority of bills are passed in April, May and June; something for policy makers and states to take into consideration.

Questions or comments regarding the report? Join the conversation on twitter with #DLNprogress.

To read the full press release click here.

Digital Learning Now is a Getting Smart Advocacy Partner.

Jessica Slusser

Jessica is the Senior Director of Impact at Getting Smart. She leads business development and growth of advocacy campaigns, advisory services, product development, marketing, and Getting Smart's blog. As part of her role, Jessica also oversees team events, conferences, and speaking engagements.

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