Comparing state digital learning policies against its 10 Elements of High-Quality Digital Learning, Digital Learning Now (DLN), an initiative of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), has released the 2014 Digital Learning Report Card. Overall, half the states improved their grades. 14 states moved up one letter grade and nine states moved out of the “F” category.
Florida received the highest grade (A-) for not only funding digital learning initiatives but for implementing requirements for improving student performance outcomes, digital learning and technology infrastructure, professional development, digital tools, and online assessments. Tennessee, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Connecticut all received F’s. Connecticut, which scored the lowest, did get high marks for quality of instruction but performed poorly in areas like eligibility, student access, advancement, and quality content.
- In the 2014-2015 school year, students enrolled in more than 19,000 courses through Louisiana‘s Course Access program.
- Minnesota’s Online Learning Advisory Council is identifying state rules and laws that are barriers to innovation and online learning.
- Ohio Governor John Kasich’s Straight A Innovation Fund is distributing $250 million through a competitive grant process with the intent of encouraging innovative strategies, including blended learning.
- Creating Competency-Based Pathways to Postsecondary Education in Arizona is providing multiple options within and beyond high school for students that demonstrate minimum college readiness.
Access the 2014 Digital Learning Report Card.
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