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EDUCATION: Online schools held accountable here

Letter by Deborah R. Woodley, Tacoma on March 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm | No Comments »
March 6, 2013 1:16 pm

Re: “States vetting online schools” (TNT, 2-24).

The Stateline.org article suggests weak accountability nationally. My experience with my son in a digital public school tells me the opposite.

We are not Florida. Our state Legislature has mandated accountability for online schools that exceeds anything in traditional schools in our state, if not the nation.

After attending classes that moved either too fast or too slow for my son, we enrolled Leamon in a state-approved digital public school. Our Legislature launched digital public schools with rigorous accountability for students, teachers and school districts. School districts don’t receive funding for a student until they are approved by the Digital Learning Department, established solely to govern digital learning programs. Funding can be, and often is, cut back or eliminated for any student not making satisfactory progress.

New students are assessed for reading and math literacy. Their teacher assigns lessons that match their reading level, not their age. Annually each student takes a Scantron assessment. It is exciting to typically see more than a year’s progress.

Leamon has one-on-one relationships with his amazing, Washington-certified teachers who are responsible for all his assignments, assessments and attendance. While the lessons are delivered online, he learns with traditional books, instructional materials, science experiments, art supplies, and even dirt and rocks. His teachers can monitor his progress 24/7. Leamon is successful with the individualized, engaging curriculum that fits his learning style.

I have peace of mind knowing my son is preparing for a bright future. Please come to www.DigitalPublicSchools.org.

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