Online Education Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

Online education and learning delivery has been much hyped at various times of the past few years. But some research in the US is suggesting it might not be the holy grail. For example, in one state:

“In Pennsylvania, students who attended the state’s six cyber schools scored below the state average in a majority of proficiency tests, according to 2003 test results. The PA System of School Assessment exam, or PSSA exam, given to fifth-, eighth- and 11th-grade students show cyber schools were below the state average in 17 out of 24 comparisons, and in half the cases the schools did not meet the state’s goals of 35 percent of students showing proficiency in math, and 45 percent in reading. “

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