Virtual schools may transform the structure of education, concludes Bill Tucker of Education Sector.
While the importance of effective teaching and learning has not changed, the Internet has enabled educators to significantly alter the experience of schooling. Virtual schools are personalizing student learning and extending it beyond the traditional school day. They’ve created new models for the practice of teachingâ€”with opportunities to easily observe, evaluate, and assist instructors. And they are pioneering performance-based education funding models.
K-12 virtual schools are expanding rapidly, primarily to serve high school students. What research exists shows no significant difference in performance between online and face-to-face learners, Tucker writes.