Cyber Schools - 313-0225-18

Description of Agency

A cyber school is a school of excellence, authorized under Section 380.552 of the Michigan Compiled Laws, that provides full-time instruction to pupils through virtual learning or otherwise on a computer or other technology, which instruction and learning may be remote from a school facility. Michigan’s first cyber schools began operation during the 2010-11 school year. During the 2016-17 school year, 13 cyber schools enrolled more than 15,000 students from across the State. For the 2016-17 school year, cyber schools received $77.8 million of per pupil foundation allowance through the State School Aid Fund.

Audit Objectives

  1. To assess the sufficiency of the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE’s) process to ensure that contracts establishing cyber schools meet statutory requirements.

  2. To assess the sufficiency of MDE’s monitoring of cyber school authorizers.

  3. To assess the effectiveness of MDE’s efforts to monitor and evaluate the virtual learning provided by cyber schools.

  4. To compile information on the State’s funding of cyber schools and their reported costs.


Timing

Estimated Release Date: Early 2019


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