Virtual Listening & Learning
Impact of Virtual Learning in Michigan Schools
Michigan's K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report 2015-16
Key findings in Michigan's effectiveness report for 2015-16 include:
- 570 school districts reported at least one virtual enrollment
- 73% of schools with virtual enrollments had a general education school emphasis; 25% had an alternative education emphasis
- Schools with a general education emphasis had a 62% virtual pass rate, outperforming those with an alternative education emphasis which had a pass rate of 49%
- 28% of schools had a schoolwide virtual pass rate of 90% to 100%
25% of schools with virtual environments
Completed/Passed rates of 70% or better
26% of schools with virtual environments
Completed/Passed rates of 90% or better
What group makes up the largest percentage of virtual enrollments?
Students Living in Poverty
What is Michigan’s public awareness of about virtual learning?
Only 31% of adults are aware Michigan has had a high school online learning requirement since 2006.
79% of adults feel it is important for middle and high school students to have the option of enrolling in an online course at their local school district.
What do teachers think about blended learning?
“Students started teaching themselves and facilitating their own learning. Some students started to learn a new video tool at home to support their own learning. One kid became an expert on his own using a lot of tutorials.
I saw students taking initiative and seeking their own answers rather than being given answers. The nature of the experience allowed for me to be taught by the students. I would ask the students lots of questions, and they would teach me. Watching over kids’ shoulders helped me. I am not a tech whiz, but I can figure things out. Once kids figured something out, I could learn from them.
I have come to understand that their relationships with each other are way more important than their relationship with teachers. It would make sense then that their learning relationship is more enhanced by them learning together.”