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Students taking online classes from K12 Inc. in four states, including Idaho, are lagging in test scores and graduation rates compared to students in traditional schools, according to a new study by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. The study “raises enormous red flags,” center director Kevin Welner told the Associated Press. K12 Inc. is the nation's largest for-profit online education provider, and it runs Idaho's largest charter school, the Idaho Virtual Academy, a state-funded online charter school that enrolls nearly 3,000 Idaho children across the state in kindergarten through 12th grade. Click below for a full report from AP reporter Jessie Bonner.
Note: The Idaho Statesman has a story today questioning the study's application to Idaho, as Idaho math and reading assessment results weren't out yet when the center did its analyses and therefore were missing from the study; Welner apologized to the Statesman and told the newspaper, “Idaho is not a focus of the achievement-outcome analyses.” The AP report on the data issues is included with the original article below.
K12 Inc., the Virginia-based public virtual school operator, has been sued in federal court in a shareholder class-action suit charging that the company violated securities laws by making false statements to investors about its students' performance on standardized tests, the Washington Post reports. The newspaper also reports that the firm's stock has plummeted since a series of reports in the Washington Post, New York Times and elsewhere in recent months raising questions about the effectiveness of its online virtual schools; you can read the Post's full report here. K12 operates the Idaho Virtual Academy and the iSucceed Virtual High School in Idaho; K12 Inc. is the nation's largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs for students in kindergarten through high school.