Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report, 2013-14

Published on February 4, 2015

Modified on December 11, 2020


Michigan’s K-12 Virtual Learning Effectiveness Report 2013-14Based on pupil completion and performance data reported by school entities to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) or the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), this report highlights 2013-14 enrollment totals, completion rates, and the overall impact of virtual courses on K-12 pupils. Over 76,000 K-12 students took virtual courses in 2013-14, accounting for over 319,000 virtual course enrollments. Roughly seven out of 10 virtual enrollments were from non-cyber public schools through a provider other than the Michigan Virtual School. Enrollments were heaviest in the high school grades, but elementary and middle school showed large percentage increases. The percentage of virtual enrollments with a completion status of “Completed/Passed” fell from 60% to 57% compared to the prior year. Only about 2% of all K-12 enrollments in the state were delivered virtually. About 30% of Michigan schools had one or more students take a virtual course in 2013-14.

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Prepared By
  • Joseph R. Freidhoff – Michigan Virtual
What we already know about this topic
  • Previous years of the Effectiveness Report have shown increasing numbers of Michigan students taking virtual courses, more schools offering virtual learning, and a rapid increase in the number of virtual enrollments.
  • At the same time, the pass rate for virtual courses has been trending down.
  • Many schools have high pass rates and show evidence of successful programs — too many do not.
  • Schools that have virtual learning enrollments are most likely to have 100 or more virtual enrollments.
  • Students who struggle in their traditional courses, also tend to struggle when they take virtual courses.
  • Students taking fewer virtual courses tended to perform better than those taking more.
  • Students in poverty represent a disproportionate number of virtual enrollments and there is a sizable pass rate difference for virtual learners based on poverty status.
What this report adds
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We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.