As a leading provider to online schools, K12 Inc. has collaborated with educators, policymakers, and organizations on best practices and policies for online and blended public schools. We strongly advocate for all charter school models. We have supported student-centered policy proposals for all schools, competency-based learning, and better metrics to improve accountability.
The report by NACSA, NAPCS, and 50CAN is not collaborative. Very few, if any, charter school boards, educators, operators, parents or teachers in online charter schools were part of this report.
The report relies almost exclusively on a three-part study on online charter schools published last year. K12 responded to the study and provided a detailed analysis. We disagreed with the study’s reliance on old academic data and the methodology which did not control or account for several key factors unique to typical full-time online schools, including: persistence and performance over time, date of enrollment, the effect of mobility, and the reasons why children leave their local school.
Data in the report are old (prior to 2012) and does not match what we see at K12-partner schools. For example, the report cites Ohio Virtual Academy as a large online public charter school with weak academic growth. Yet, according to the most recent test results available (2014-15), OHVA’s school composite growth score was the highest possible in grades 6 – 8 and high school.