Nichole Dobo of The Hechinger Report reports that the quality of online-only charter schools, permitted in 17 states and the District of Columbia, is just not good and should be cause for concern.
Described as first-of-its-kind research, the analysis was conducted through a partnership between Mathematica Policy Research, Stanford University’s CREDO (Center for Research on Education Outcomes) and the Center on Reinventing Public Education. The
report and companion policy papers are available online. Some students in online-only schools showed academic results in math that were the equivalent of what would be expected if a student skipped 180 days of school – virtually a full year’s worth of classes. In reading, the deficiency was the equivalent of 72 days of school.