GSE researchers receive grant for study of K12 online learning

Susanna Loeb
Susanna Loeb

Researchers at the Graduate School of Education will share in a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to launch a three-year study of virtual schooling in Florida.

The study will explore how virtual schooling options affect students’ course progression, academic achievement and teacher effectiveness. Virtual schools have expanded rapidly in many states including Florida.

The results will help policymakers and school personnel understand how virtual classes affect achievement, which students are likely to benefit and avenues for improvement.

“As online learning options multiply, little is known about how well such courses serve K-12 students,” said SUSANNA LOEB, the Barnett Family Professor of Education and faculty director of the Center for Education Policy Analysis. “Our project will explore how access to online courses affects students’ test scores, course grades and progression.”

Learn more on the GSE website.