Illinois Virtual High School Chugs Along

Here's an update on the IVHS program from Jim Broadway's State School News Service:

"The Illinois Virtual High School, an online program that has grown in the last six years to provide high school courses for students in 83 counties, will be managed under an Illinois State Board of Education contract with the Peoria Regional Office of Education...The virtual high school concept was

controversial at the outset, but that appears to have subsided."

Check out the full story below and let us know what you think.

Do any CPS schools use IVHS (or other internet-focused instruction), and does it work for the students who are using it?

"In recent

years a concern has grown about the inability of schools that are too

small or too poor to offer their students the full range of courses

they need to prepare them for success in college or in jobs requiring

highly technical skills. In 2000, the state began to address those

concerns, not by forcing small districts to consolidate, but by

offering an alternative for their students.

The Illinois Virtual High School,

an

online program that has grown in the last six years to provide high

school courses for students in 83 counties, will be managed under an

Illinois State Board of Education contract with the Peoria Regional

Office of Education and the Area III Consortium, a partnership of 10

central Illinois ROEs, the Area III Learning Technology Center, the Two

Rivers Professional Development Center and Western Illinois

University. The contract of about $11.8 million includes renewal

options for six years.

The course offeringsof IVHS run the gamut from math, science, economics and computer

technology to fine arts, history and English composition. The program

includes Advanced Placement and dual credit courses. All students

register and earn credits through the high schools where they live.

Tuition to IVHS is paid either by the students or by the school

districts. IVHS faculty membersmeet all the credentialing requirements of educators in school

buildings, and are also trained in distance-learning techniques. They

know, for example, how to tell if a student has done his own

assignments or has been assisted by a parent or friend. Tests are taken

in-person with IVHS proctors administering them.

The virtual high school concept was

controversial at the outset, but that appears to have subsided. The six

years of the contract with the Peoria ROE will establish the future of

this learning mode in Illinois, and we would observe that the creative

leadership of Peoria County Regional Supt. Dr. Gerald Brookhart will

prove its value to students and school districts throughout the state..

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