Online Learning: secret success in the digital age

By Jim Waters, Richmond Register

One of Kentucky’s best-kept secrets is the Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning. While the commonwealth loses 10,000 students from each graduating class, only 110 students currently are enrolled in the academy. Nevertheless, BAVEL offers the right kind of alternative to tip the scales in the other direction. Not only does it offer all Kentucky students – regardless of where they live – the opportunity to acquire a high school diploma while every single class online, but it’s getting top-quality results at very low costs. Although many academy students once were at-risk of dropping out, BAVEL’s 11th grade students scored a 19.0 composite score on the 2011 ACT tests – better than the 18.8 statewide score. Plus, BAVEL does its job for only 37 percent of what it normally costs to educate a Kentucky public-school student. With such a record, why are so few students enrolled in this program?

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