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Online Learning in Colorado - Research and Reports

Latest Research

October 2012

A Study of ONLINE LEARNING: Perspectives of Online Learners and Educators (PDF)

The Colorado Department of Education 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.

Characteristics of Colorado's Online Students (PDF)

This study utilizes Colorado Department of Education (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.

July 2012:

Blended Learning in Rural Colorado: Status and Strategies for Expansion (PDF)

Earlier this year, CDE asked Evergreen Education Group out of Durango to conduct research that would help the Department 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 as well as 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.


Summary Reports

Previous to HB 11-1277, all online programs were required by statute to submit a report annually to the Colorado Department of Education. The Office of Online & Blended Learning is now required to prepare a summary report on Online Programs every five years. The next summary report will be released in 2019.


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