This report describes five trends that have emerged in state-run
virtual schools in the SREB region in the past three years.
SREB states have been leaders in establishing state-run virtual
schools and now are taking the lead in ensuring that all students
have access to online learning, that students experience online
learning before graduating from high school, that course
providers provide quality instruction, and that sufficient and
stable funding is available.
Winners and finalists of the SREB/iNACOL National Online Teachers
of the Year award share ways to integrate technology into the
classroom to engage students. Benefits include connecting with
each student as an individual; differentiating instruction; and
increasing access to courses. The teachers say teacher
preparation programs should introduce online strategies and that
states need strong accountability measures to ensure high quality
The Principles of Good Practice were developed to assure students
about the quality of courses and programs at SREB’s
Electronic Campus (now SARA.) The principles draw upon
the work of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher
Education and other organizations.
To realize the educational impact from the substantial
investments SREB states have made in digital content, SREB
recommends that electronic educational resources created with
public funding be licensed to provide as high a level of
potential for sharing as possible, both within and outside the
state. These guidelines can help state-level administrators and
policy-makers (as funders of digital educational resource
development) establish policies, practices, statutes and
regulations that increase sharing and maximize returns on
investments in digital education resources.