Students were asked as to whether they have taken online classes in the past and to what extent were they successful in completing the course(s). While the district has provided online learning options for at least the past five years, only a small percentage (15.4%) of students in grades 4 through 12 indicated they have taken one.
At the high school level, the percentage of those who took an online class increases modestly to 19.8%. This is likely more accurate since few of our students in grades 4-8 have had an opportunity to take an online course. During the survey, younger students may have confused taking an online class with blended learning, particularly those who have been enrolled in the Scholastic Read 180 or System 44 reading improvement classes.
So looking only at our students in grades 9-12 who have taken an online class, we wanted to know the level of success they experienced as to completing the course by having them respond to the following: You answered that you have taken an online class. Please select the statement below that represents your experience with the last online class you took.
Two out of five students who have taken an online course fully completed the course (43.2%) while the remaining completed most or some of the course.
Questions remain as to why so few are successful but in some respects, it’s not surprising given the added needs of the majority of our students. One could surmise that over 80% of high school students want courses that are teacher-led and provide for that personalized contact and supporting relationships on a daily basis. Of the 20% who have accessed online courses, in most cases to provide for credit-recovery, independent learning of this nature has not proven successful.