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?
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.
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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