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Turning the Ten Elements of Digital Learning Now Into A High-Quality State Policy. Utah Did It. So Can You! Robyn Bagley, Chairman of the Board. Utah

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Turning the ten elements of digital learning now into a high quality state policy
Turning the Ten Elements of Digital Learning Now Into A High-Quality State Policy

Utah Did It. So Can You!

Robyn Bagley, Chairman of the Board


Utah

became the first state in the nation to turn Digital Learning Now's Ten Elements of Quality Online Learning into a comprehensive state policy.


"Ultimately this bill still aligns to the '10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now, and as such, represents a bold move away from the monolithic, factory model schools of our past and a big step forward toward a more student-centric future that allows students to have personalized options for their learning based in their distinct needs." Michael HornExecutive Director, Education Innosight Institute


Learn the process for how your state can High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Nowshift the paradigm on how we deliver education to our next generation learners


Sb65 utah s statewide online education program shifts the paradigm
SB65 - Utah's Statewide Online Education Program High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning NowShifts the Paradigm


Funding follows the student to the course
Funding Follows the Student to the Course High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now


Intent: High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

Create a paradigm shift for funding

that is student-centric, allowing

the money to follow the student

to the course - backpack funding


Placeholder Funding High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

Mechanism: most equitable funding formula currently within the system

  • Formula (calculation built around negotiated fee):

  • Total Charter High School funding averaged (based on all charter high schools)

  • x 77%

  • divided by eighths*

  • = $726

* Utah requires 24 credits for graduation. Districts can select the number of credits required for diplomas. The average is 27-28. The average number of credits offered in Utah high schools is 8 per year based primarily on block schedules, allowing 32 possible credits.


Future Funding High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

Tiered Course Fees by Category

  • Possible Determining Variables:

  • Categories - Core, Honors, AP, Electives

  • Level of difficulty

  • Teacher/Student ratio

  • Courses requiring higher level of teacher interaction

  • Bonus structure for high level courses

Current Legislative Interim Study Project - Intent to adopt new course fee structure in 2012 Legislative Session


Funding based upon successful completion
Funding Based Upon Successful Completion High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

  • 50% upfront (25% per semester) - 50% upon credit earned (successful completion based on UT standard - D letter grade)

  • Credit recovery incentivized - 30% of final payment if student completes prior to graduation (based on statutory parameters of 9 additional weeks allowed for semester course and 12 months for full-year course)

  • Most efficient and accountable use of public education funding


Course credit acknowledgement
Course Credit Acknowledgement High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

  • The primary LEA and the online Course Provider enter into a course credit acknowledgement:

  • The Primary LEA and Online Course Provider shall submit a copy of the course credit acknowledgement in accordance with USOE rule.

  • Online Course Provider shall receive payment as provided in Utah Code.

  • Online Course Provider shall refund payment for student who enrolls and then withdraws within the allotted 10 day period.

  • Primary LEA of enrollment acknowledges that the State Board will withhold the course fee form their MSP funds.


Parents and students are in the drivers seat
Parents and Students are in the Drivers Seat High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

  • They choose the courses

  • They choose the Course Providers

  • Blended Learning - Student chooses whether to take their course from the Statewide Online Education Program or from their primary school of enrollment


Students customize their education with blended learning
Students Customize Their Education with Blended Learning High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

  • Course selection tied to the student's education occupation plan (SEOP - counselor led plan that tracks credits needed for graduation and post-secondary goals)

  • Courses offered in the Statewide Online Education Program are not supplemental


All students seeking high school credits are eligible
All Students Seeking High School Credits are Eligible High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

  • 9-12 grade public school students eligible

  • Homeschool and private school students eligible in year three

  • Students on track for early graduation eligible


No caps on student enrollment
No Caps on Student Enrollment High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now


Subject mastery replaces seat time
Subject Mastery Replaces Seat Time High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

  • Allows students to advance based upon demonstrated competency

  • Open entry, open exit permitted based upon provider parameters

  • Provider administers required state assessments (CRTs) upon course completion - state required to make assessments available


Multiple course providers multiple courses
Multiple Course Providers - Multiple Courses High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

  • Incentivizes Competition

  • Allows students to customize their education to best meet their individual needs and academic goals

  • Provides access to the best courses and best teachers regardless of income level or zip code


Course providers public and private partnership
Course Providers - Public and Private Partnership High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

  • Authorized Providers are already part of the public school system - Providers can and currently do contract with private providers. Eligible Providers are:

    • Charter or District School created exclusively for the purpose of serving students online

    • LEA (Local Education Agency - charter or district school) program created exclusively for the purpose of serving students online

  • Allows for growth - as any LEA can potentially qualify by creating a program to exclusively serve students online


Accountability for online course providers
Accountability for Online Course Providers High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning Now

  • As LEAs, Providers are already subject to USOE rule and oversight. In addition they must provide the following information on their website:

  • Description of Statewide Program & Its purposes

  • Eligibility & enrollment information

  • Course Catalog

  • Performance on statewide assessments

  • Successful completion rate

  • Student-Teacher Ratio


Program Built to Expand High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning NowOur Students are Online - Now They Have a High Quality Education Option Built to Grow With Them that is as Well

  • Up to two online courses in years one and two

  • In year three it expands by one course per year - expanding to six courses in year six (based on 24 credits for graduation)

  • A student may use the program to graduate early in accordance with their SEOP


Outcomes of disruptive innovation
Outcomes of High Quality Digital Learning' outlined in Digital Learning NowDisruptive Innovation

Direct result of SB65 - online learning opportunities for students are increasing as

LEAs look to create programs in order to participate as Providers


Parents for Choice in Education is dedicated to ensuring every child has equal access to a quality education by empowering parents, increasing choice, and promoting innovative solutions to Utah's educational challenges.

www.ChoiceinEducation.org