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Standards

Standards for Quality Online Courses, SREB 2006
Examines what constitutes a quality online course and outlines specific standards for course content, instructional design, student assessment, technology, and course evaluation and management.

Standards for Quality Online Teaching, SREB 2006

Examines what qualifications are needed to be a quality online teacher and outlines specific standards for academic preparation, content knowledge, online skills and delivery, and more.

Policies

The West Virginia Board of Education has approved the following policies that relate to the operations, procedures or offerings of the West Virginia School:

Policy 2510 Regulations for Education Programs provides that, with the appropriate approval, the West Virginia Virtual School may provide additional course options that will support alternative delivery settings including extended learning, summer school, community education, homebound/hospital services, and alternative settings for disruptive students (Section §126-42-6 Alternative Delivery of Education Programs.)

Policy 2450 Distance Learning and West Virginia Virtual School provides that to accommodate rapidly changing options for virtual classes and distance learning, guidelines and procedures will be developed to review operational issues in a timely manner and will include legislation components.

 

Policy 2460 Educational Purpose and Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources, Technologies and the Internet includes regulations for safety and acceptable use, privileges, accountability and responsibility, web publishing, network etiquette, reliability, security and vandalism.

Discrimination Statement

The West Virginia Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, disability, age or national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs and activities. Inquiries may be directed to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 558-7864; to the Section 504 Coordinator, 558-2696, West Virginia Department of Education, Charleston, WV 25305; or to the United States Department of Education's Director of the Office of Civil Rights, (215) 596-6795.

Publications

2010 Report on State Virtual Schools (SREB, 2010)

Based on information gathered from each state virtual school representative, this report provides an update on the status of state virtual school efforts in SREB states.

Do Online Courses Work for Middle Grades and High School Students? Online Students Have Their Say (SREB, 2008)
SREB asked online students in SREB states for feedback about their experiences through a voluntary online questionnaire in spring 2008. This report summarizes more than 2,000 responses and provides insight into what students think about online learning and how courses might be improved.

Evaluating Online Learning: Challenges and Strategies for Success (US Department of Education, 2008)

Five Academic Reasons: Why State Virtual Schools are Important to Your State (SREB, 2008)

This document  looks at the academic reasons why states should take seriously the use of Web-based courses provided by state virtual schools to improve student access to quality teachers and quality courses.


Online Learning Experiences (WV Virtual School, 2009)
Policy 2510 recommends “that all students complete an online learning experience during grades 9-12.” This guidance document identifies the characteristics of quality online learning experiences and provides examples.

Policy 2510.10 Graduation Requirements Crosswalk (WV Virtual School, 2013-2014 school year)