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Online Learning in Colorado - Research and Reports
Student Mobility Reports
SB 19-129 calls for the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) to produce an annual report on the number of students who withdraw from Colorado K-12 online schools after the pupil enrollment count date. The 2022 Student Mobility in K-12 Online Schools is expected for publishing in Summer 2023.
- 2022 Student Mobility in K-12 Online Schools (PDF)
- 2021 Student Mobility in K-12 Online Schools (PDF)
- 2020 Student Mobility in K-12 Online Schools (PDF)
Online Summary Reports
Previous to HB 11-1277, all online programs were required by statute to submit a report annually to CDE. The Office of Online and Blended Learning (OBL) is now required to prepare a summary report on Online Programs every five years with the next report due in 2024.
- 2019 Online Summary Report (PDF)
- Summary Report for Online Schools and Programs (PDF) June 2014
- Summary Report of the Operations and Activities of Online Programs in Colorado (PDF) June 2011
- Summary Report of the Operations and Activities of Online Programs in Colorado (PDF) February 2010
- Summary Report of the Operations and Activities of Online Programs in Colorado (PDF) February 2009
- Understanding Mobility Rates in Colorado's Multi-District Online Schools (PDF) January 2011
- Online Advisory Board Summary Report to the Colorado State Board (PDF) February 2008
- CDE Online Education Task Force - Online Education Interim Report (PDF) March 2007
- Trujillo Commission on Online Education (PDF) February 2007
- State Auditor Report on Performance of Online Education Programs (PDF) November 2006
In 2012, CDE asked the Center for Education Policy Analysis in the Buechner Institute for Governance, University of Colorado Denver to conduct a study to gain a better understanding of online learning and previous experiences in brick and mortar classrooms from the perspective of high school students and parents of students in grades K-12.
This study utilizes CDE collected data to analyze demographics, trends, and performance in online schools over time. It includes assessment, pupil enrollment, demographic and socioeconomic data collected from 2003 through 2011, as this is both the earliest and most recent data available from CDE at the student level.
In 2012, CDE asked Evergreen Education Group in Durango to conduct research that would help CDE to understand how best to support the expansion of quality educational options to students across Colorado, especially in rural areas. The report shares best practices and findings from interviews and surveys of rural leaders across Colorado about the barriers to blended learning in rural areas. The report also includes the opportunities in the short and long-term to bring more quality content and educators to rural Colorado through a mix of online and face-to-face learning.