A nationwide study from the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University in 2015 shows how much students in virtual schools are left behind compared to those enrolled in traditional public schools.
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Online Charter School Study
Ignoring evidence usually does not look like ignorance. Oftentimes, it is a result of an adamant opinion that has been based on an idea or hypothesis that sounds reasonable. Online schooling does have a lot of potential. It can be tailored to each student. It does not require expensive infrastructure. It can reach children who do not have access to traditional schools. It is after all one way to draw back school dropouts. The idea is indeed reasonable. However, in reality, a lot of good ideas do not turn out to be good. For this reason, research is important. Sadly, the Trump administration works primarily on opinions it has long formed, completely ignoring evidence from research.