Utah Surpasses All Others in Digital Education, New Study Finds

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Utah ranks No. 1 when it comes to state policies dealing with online education, according to a new national study.

The Beehive State was the only state to receive an overall "A" grade, according to the Digital Learning Now Report Card, a pro-digital nonprofit in Washington, D.C.

High schoolers able to take three free online classes

Utah students enrolled in a public school in grades 9-12, including home-school and private-school students, are eligible for up to three online courses for the 2013-14 school year. The online courses are free for students, who choose both the classes and the providers. The courses are accredited and part of the public-school system, so they all count toward graduation. There are all kinds of courses, including core subjects, electives, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes, along with foreign languages, among others.

Check out the Utah online courses and various providers atchoiceineducation.org.

For the first time this fall, Utah high school students can enroll in up to three, free, online courses. Also, home-school and private-school students will be eligible for the first time.

"A lot of folks are looking to Utah," John Bailey, executive director of Digital Learning Now, said Monday. "Utah has done well because of very bold leadership over the last couple of years."

The report highlights lawmakers passing SB65, which allows students to take online courses throughout the state, through the Statewide Online Education Program.

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