For the 2013-14 school year, Section 98 of the State School Aid Act directed MVLRI to address over a dozen tasks to strengthen teaching and learning for K-12 education.
Support and Accelerate Innovation in Education
- Test, evaluate and recommend new technology-based instructional tools and resources.
- Research, design and recommend digital education delivery models for use by students and teachers that include multimedia instructional content.
- Research, design and recommend competency-based online assessments.
- Research, develop and recommend annually to the Michigan Department of Education criteria by which cyber schools and online course providers should be monitored and evaluated to ensure a quality education for their pupils.
- Analyze the effectiveness of online learning delivery models in preparing pupils to be college- and career-ready and publish a report that highlights enrollment totals, completion rates and the overall impact on pupils, based on pupil completion and performance data reported to the Michigan Department of Education or the center for educational performance and information from cyber schools and other online course providers operating in Michigan.
- Provide an extensive professional development program to at least 500 educational personnel, including teachers, school administrators, and school board members, that focuses on the effective integration of digital learning into curricula and instruction.
- Prepare a report for the house and senate appropriations subcommittees on state school aid, the state budget director, the house and senate fiscal agencies, and the department on the number and percentage of teachers, school administrators and school board members who have received professional development services from the Michigan Virtual, and identify barriers and other opportunities to encourage the adoption of digital learning in the public education system.
- Identify and share best practices for planning, implementing and evaluating online and blended education delivery models with intermediate districts, districts and public school academies to accelerate the adoption of innovative education delivery models statewide.
Provide Leadership for the State’s System of Online and Blended Learning Education
- Develop and report policy recommendations to the governor and the legislature that accelerate the expansion of effective online learning in this state’s schools.
- Provide a clearinghouse for research reports, academic studies, evaluations and other information related to online learning.
- Promote and distribute the most current instructional design standards and guidelines for online teaching.
- Recommend guidelines and standards to the state superintendent for a new teacher endorsement credential related to effective digital learning instruction in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education and interested colleges and universities.
- Pursue public/private partnerships to study and implement competency-based technology-rich online learning models.
- Convene focus groups and conduct annual surveys of teachers, administrators, pupils, parents, and others to identify barriers and opportunities related to online learning.
- Produce an annual consumer awareness report for schools and parents about effective online education providers and education delivery models, performance data, cost structures and research trends.
- Research and establish an internet-based platform that educators can use to create student-centric learning tools and resources and facilitate a user network that assists educators in using the platform. As part of this initiative, the Michigan Virtual shall work collaboratively with districts and intermediate districts to establish a plan to make available online resources that align to Michigan’s K-12 curriculum standards for use by students, educators, and parents.
- Create and maintain a public statewide catalog of online learning courses being offered by all public schools in this state; identify and develop a list of nationally recognized best practices for online learning and use this list to provide reviews of online course vendors, courses and instructional practices; provide a mechanism for intermediate districts to use the identified best practices to review content offered by constituent districts; review MVS online course offerings and make the results from these reviews available to the public as part of the statewide catalog; and ensure that the statewide catalog is made available to the public on the Michigan Virtual website and linked to each district’s website.
- The statewide catalog shall also contain all of the following:
- The number of pupils enrolled in each online course in the 2012-13 school year.
- The number of pupils who successfully completed each online course in the 2012-13 school year.
- The completion rate for each online course.