More online schools on the way in Massachusetts

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A new state law allows a total of 10 cyber schools to open by the year 2020 as the latest trend in education — virtual schooling — sweeps the nation, with mixed results.

These schools contract with outside companies that provide software to allow students to receive computerized instruction. Ideally, students exchange emails and phone calls with teachers throughout the day, and have a learning coach, like a parent or guardian, to supervise them at home.

Yet the MCAS scores at the Massachusetts Virtual Academy in Greenfield, which enrolls 500 students throughout the state, have the second-lowest growth percentile in the state, and math proficiency is half the state average.

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