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cio District The learning curve for launching programs is well worth the effort. irtual school programs—especially online high school courses—are gaining traction in school districts around the country. According to a report issued in November 2011 by the National Center for Education Statistics, 55 percent of the more than 2,000 school districts surveyed had students in distance education programs during the 2009-2010 school year. The number of students enrolled in Avoiding the PitfAlls of virtuAl schooling By Ron Schachter individual online courses, meanwhile, multiplied to 1,816,400, compared to fewer that 50,000 a decade earlier. These students, almost three-quarters of whom are high schoolers, are taking a wide range of courses—from AP offerings and courses unavailable at their local high schools to credit recovery courses that can remediate failing grades. Allison Powell, vice president for state and district services at the International Association of K-12 Online Education (iNACOL), notes that, while offering online courses was once the exclusive province of large state, nonprofit and forprofit organizations and companies, districts and even individual schools are now starting virtual schools of their own. Not only are more districts launching online courses, Powell continues, but the definition of virtual schooling also has expanded. That includes the grow- V 74 July/August 2012 District Administration

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - July/August 2012

District Administration - July/August 2012
Contents
From the Editor
Letters
News Update
District Profile
Administrator Profile
Research Center
Professional Opinion
Supervisor's Opinion
Crisis Response
Going Mobile
Gaming Gains Respect
A Running Start for ELLs
Paul Vallas for Sale
Unsung Heroes
CIO News
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Virtual Schooling
Noteworthy Books
New Products
Product Focus
Problem Solution

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