Frequently Asked Questions
What is a quality, virtual public education?
A virtual public education ensures quality through a broad-based curriculum that is appropriate for the child's grade level. A state-licensed teacher oversees instruction, testing, and government accountability standards - just as in a traditional brick-and-mortar public school. Teachers communicate regularly with students and their parents via email and phone, and meet with the parent and child in person to chart progress.
What quality control measures are there to ensure student achievement?
The child will take state tests just like other children in brick and mortar public schools to make sure they are learning on pace with their peers. The activities and student performance are monitored closely by the school district in which the virtual public charter school is located and the State Board of Education. In addition, the Oregon Department of Education will be working closely with Oregon's virtual public charter schools to gather data on the quality of the education they are offering.
Who pays for virtual public education?
The curriculum, teacher instruction, and some of the other costs associated with virtual public education are covered with public funds.
How many virtual public charter schools operate in Oregon?
There are currently 13 virtual public charter schools operating in Oregon.
How many students are enrolled in these schools?
The 13 schools have a combined enrollment of approximately 7200 students for the 2014-2015 school year.