School districts make plan to offer online classes

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Source : www.chicagotribune.com
Auteur : Melissa Jenco
Date de l'info : 7 janvier 2014

High school students from five west suburban school districts may have the choice of taking some of their courses online next fall.

The districts, which formed a consortium over the summer, have now created a strategic plan for offering such classes and are presenting it to their school boards for approval this month.

“The consortium’s objective was to design a collaborative, high-quality online and blended program that would expand educational options for students in all of the cooperating districts,” Naperville Unit District 203 Chief Academic Officer Jennifer Hester told the school board Monday.

Online courses, she said, would give students more choices for learning and help teachers meet the varying needs of students. (…)

The strategic plan, which they created with the help of consultant Evergreen Education Group, calls for offering algebra, U.S. history, health, consumer economics, government, geometry, English credit recovery courses and an elective like language or technology next fall at the high schools. The group would expand the class list and incorporate other grade levels in future years.

Teachers for the online classes would come from the member districts, and class sizes would be limited to 26 students, officials said. Each district would get spots in the classes proportionate to their current enrollments. That means in the fall, Indian Prairie would have 208 seats while Wheaton and Naperville would each have 104 seats and Batavia and Kaneland would each have 52.

Individual districts would have discretion about their own enrollment process, whether students would take the online courses in the school building or at home and whether they would use district equipment.

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