Julie M 
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Re: “Charter Groups Want More Regulations for Virtual Charter Schools

I believe online charter schools are great for students with health issues, location, or other issues that preclude them from attending a traditional brick and mortar. In addition to questions of quality/rigor, transparency, funding, success claims, profit motive, teacher pay, etc, I have a couple other points of concern: identity verification and part-time funding.

Identity verification: Students may earn credits through many online programs without proving who is actually submitting the assignments or taking the tests. The work is not proctored and a parent, sibling, friend, or hired proxy could actually be doing the work for which the student is earning credit and getting a diploma. I believe at least final exams should be proctored in person at an approved test center or via Skype or other program that proves the identity of the person submitting the work is the person registered to earn credit. To combat fraud and substitute test-takers, College Board and ETS now require students to upload photo ID when registering for the SAT or ACT respectively, which is matched to the student in person on test day.

Part-time funding: My understanding is that students are now allowed to dual-enroll (be simultaneously enrolled in more than one school) and that state funding is split between the schools the student is attending. For instance, in the case of a student attending a traditional brick and mortar public high school full time but who also takes a class from on online charter (for credit recovery, to accelerate, to bypass a school's more rigorous curriculum), the state funding is split 75% to the brick and mortar (who is still educating that student full time) and 25% to the online school. I welcome further information/clarification on this funding issue.

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Posted by Julie McCrea on 06/17/2016 at 11:31 AM

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