The Republican: UMass Donahue Institute will look at whether online classes can help boost graduation rate
The Republican highlighted research being done by the UMass Donahue Institute’s Applied Research and Program Evaluation group, looking at the impact that online courses have on high schools with high dropout rates. The study will take place over two years and include 6,000 students from schools in Holyoke, Springfield, North Adams, Pittsfield, Boston, Chelsea, Fall River, Lawrence, Malden, Somerville, and Whitman.
The article quotes Eliot Levine, the senior research manager leading the study, who said that teachers have reported “that students would absolutely not have graduated” without being able to take online classes. Also students were able to rejoin their appropriate grade level by taking online classes to get the credits they were missing. Researchers will be able to compare the dropout and graduation rates between those who do and don’t take online classes.
February 13, 2014