"Personalization and student-centered learning are the keys to driving student success at all levels," said Susan Patrick, President and CEO of iNACOL, and co-author of the report. "When education is customized, students remain challenged, supported, and engaged. Teachers using technology tools and high-quality digital content in online learning environments can personalize instruction in ways never before possible, with great potential for moving students further, faster. However, for online learning to reach its true potential, policymakers and leaders must focus squarely on student learning outcomes for examining effectiveness of new models."
"Measuring Quality from Inputs to Outcomes: Creating Student Learning Performance Metrics and Quality Assurance for Online Schools", released today by iNACOL, lays out the need for quality assurance and the challenges posed to policymakers. It provides recommendations and implementation scenarios outlining key areas of outcomes-based measurement that must be explored more closely: Proficiency; Individual student growth; Graduation rate; College and career readiness; Closing the achievement gap."
Download full report from http://www.inacol.org/research/docs/iNACOL_Quality_Metrics.pdf - JL