Efficacy Research

Equity in Virtual Learning: Improving Outcomes for Diverse Populations

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WEBD 35 002 Equity in Virtual Learning

To what extent can high-quality virtual learning address and reduce risk factors for students? In 2019, as part of a strategic turnaround effort, Odyssey Online Learning (OOL), a public virtual charter high school in South Carolina serving students in every region of the state, partnered with Edmentum to design a virtual learning program. This partnership significantly expanded the school's course catalog and wrapped it with high-quality instructional services and student-centered engagement coaches. This case study presents findings from an analysis of courses outcomes for 7,342 student course enrollments in 211 courses over two academic years. During this time, OOL significantly improved graduation rates, decreased drop-out rates, and showed significant growth in other key areas.