Emily Brandt – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Florida high school students are required to take at least one online class to graduate. Students often take this course through a site called Florida Virtual School (FLVS).

While some students choose to take only one online class, many students choose to take more.

Sophomore Emma Brooks has taken more than one online class.

“I have taken several FLVS classes including Chemistry and HOPE,” she said. “I feel taking these classes online allowed me to process the information better because I was able to learn at my own pace.”

Many parents and teachers prefer their kids to take traditional, so-called face-to-face classes because they believe their students cannot learn virtually. However, according to Joshua Bleiberg on Matthew Chingos and Guido Schwerdt’s research, “When comparing the average performance of students who took the virtual courses with those who took the classes in a brick and mortar school, the FLVS students performed better. However, after introducing a series of controls for past test score performance they found little or no significant differences between traditional school and the FLVS.”

The results of this test show that students who learn virtually can be just as successful, if not more successful, than traditional students.

“FLVS classes have allowed me to take courses I wanted to take that I would not have been able to take in class due to scheduling issues. I also enjoy being able to complete these courses on my own time; this allows me to not rush through my assignments and take my time,” said sophomore Emma Bittar.

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