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Report: Course Choice Offers Students Options
posted by: Tim | May 16, 2014, 07:51 PM   

The report addresses a variety of  issues facing lawmakers and education advocates.  Fordham’s Michael Brickman outlines policy questions and options to weigh when designing course choice programs, including issues of student eligibility, course providers, funding, quality control, and accountability.  In practice, a student would have access to online courses, university courses, or even courses at a different school with course choice options in play.

The brief concludes by stating, “Course choice policies should look very different in Vermont than in Utah—not because one state or another is doing it ‘correctly,’ but because the correct solution varies based on the reality of on-the-ground politics and policy in each place. Once multiple course-choice programs are enacted, each state can and should refine its policies to optimize access and quality. This process of continual innovation will allow each state to provide a broader set of course offerings for its students and a greater opportunity for them to thrive.”

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Course choice is a policy initiative with tremendous potential. According to AAE’s recent membership surveys, teachers are embracing policies that allow students access to additional and more rigorous course options. Seventy-six percent of AAE member teachers agree with a robust virtual education law in Utah that allows students online access to Advanced Placement courses, any foreign language, and high-level science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses.

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