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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

TO:

EMSC Committee

FROM:

John B. King, Jr.

SUBJECT:

Virtual High School Initiative – Part II

DATE:

January 26, 2010

STRATEGIC GOAL:

Goals 1 and 2

AUTHORIZATION(S):

 

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Issue for Discussion

Update on conceptual framework for the virtual high school initiative in New York State.

Reason for Consideration

              Implementation of policy. 

Background Information

        In November 2009, the EMSC Committee directed staff to develop a proposal for the creation of a virtual high school initiative in New York State. The initiative focuses on the development of a virtual high school to provide Department approved rigorous courses that are aligned to NYS Learning Standards and objective assessments of college readiness. The initiative supports key actions in the Regents’ Statewide Learning Technology Plan, and will provide additional pathways for student acquisition of credit towards fulfilling diploma requirements.

Based on field advice related to digital learning in New York State, and on research undertaken by state and national groups, a conceptual framework for the development of a virtual high school follows for Regents review and consideration.

 

Conceptual Framework

The proposed conceptual framework below includes the following foundational activities:

Phase I:  Establishment of Department-approved online courses and launch of first NYS universal access virtual courses.

 

 

Phase II:  Expansion, review and improvement.

 

 

Phase III:  Expansion, analysis, and institutionalization.

 

 

Long-term Policy Questions

 

 

 

 

Next Steps

In addition to the elements outlined above, the development of a New York State Virtual High School should address these additional areas:

 

 

If the Regents agree, staff will use this conceptual framework to develop a more detailed proposal of a New York State virtual high school, for consideration at a future Board meeting.