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New Report Critical of K12 Inc.’s Virtual Schools, Finds Students Falling Behind in Reading, Math

The National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado found students of K12 Inc., the nation’s largest virtual school company, are falling further behind in reading and math than their peers in traditional bricks-and-mortar classrooms.

“Our in-depth look in K12 Inc. raises enormous red flags,” said Kevin Welner, NEPC’s director, in a written statement.

The report, Understanding and Improving Full-Time Virtual Schools, is being presented today at the American Association of School Administrators’ annual meeting.

Among the report’s key findings:

  • Math scores for K12 Inc.’s students are 14 to 35 percent lower than scores for other students in the states where the company operates virtual schools.
  • The on-time graduation rate of K12’s students is 49.1 percent, compared with an average of 79.4 percent for the states where the company operates virtual schools.
  • Only 27.7 percent of K12’s virtual schools made Adequate Yearly Progress in the 2010-11 academic year, compared with 52 percent nationally of the nation’s bricks-and-mortar schools

For the the full report, click here.

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