Survey of Students Shows Tweens Most Interested in Taking Online Courses

Nov 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from North American Council for Online Learning

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a recent
 North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL) survey conducted by
 Harris Interactive, only 7% of all elementary or secondary students have
 ever taken an online course. Fewer elementary or middle school students
 have ever taken one (4%). However, four in ten (40%) tweens are interested
 in taking an online course before graduating from high school.
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     Online learning is one of the most important advancements in rethinking
 the effectiveness of education in the United States. Virtual schools
 provide access to online, collaborative and self-paced learning
 environments -- settings that can facilitate the 21st century skills that
 today's students need to succeed in current and future jobs. Twenty-six
 states run state virtual school programs; 19 states allow virtual charter
 schools, or e-schools.
     "Survey results show that many students are interested in taking online
 courses," said Susan Patrick, President and CEO of the North American
 Council for Online Learning (NACOL). "I believe these results highlight the
 need to expand more online programs into middle schools and offer
 high-quality, online learning opportunities for all K-12 students. The
 number one reason courses are offered online is that they are otherwise
 unavailable to the students."
     The survey data will be shared with school leaders attending the
 Virtual School Symposium.
     This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive October 17 - 23,
 2007 among 1183 U.S. 8-18 year olds. Estimates of theoretical sampling
 error cannot be calculated; a full methodology is available upon request.
     About VSS
     NACOL is hosting the annual Virtual School Symposium (VSS) runs Nov. 4
 - 6, 2007 in Louisville, KY. It is the leading K-12 online learning event
 with 750+ attendees. VSS brings together national, state, district, private
 and virtual school program experts to learn about latest trends, challenges
 and opportunities in e-learning and gain access to the latest research.
     About NACOL
     The North American Council for Online Learning (NACOL), is the leading
 organization for advocacy, research, professional development and
 leadership in K-12 online learning. NACOL's mission is to provide advocacy,
 expertise, professional development and research for quality K-12 online
 learning. Visit for more information.

SOURCE North American Council for Online Learning