Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 11, 2012, 11:57 a.m. EST by GirlFriday
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Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Online public schools, where students as young as kindergarteners log on from home to take classes, don't make the grade, according to a study released today.
Less than a third of the "virtual" schools managed by for- profit companies made adequate progress toward meeting state standards last year, compared with about half of all public schools, according to the report from the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The findings demonstrate that online public schools, which educate more than 200,000 students nationwide, don't have the results to justify their growth, said Gary Miron, lead author of the study and a professor at Western Michigan University. K12 Inc., part-owned by billionaire Michael Milken, and Pearson Plc's Connections Academy are the biggest operators of Internet- based charter schools -- privately run public schools.