Virtual Learning in Traditional Public Schools - 313-0224-16

Description of Agency

Virtual learning is a method of receiving academic instruction online through a computer-based internet-connected learning environment. Michigan law allows students in grades 6 through 12 to enroll in up to two online courses in an academic term, semester, or trimester. In order to receive a high school diploma, Michigan students must have an online course or learning experience. Students are considered virtual learners if they take at least one online course in a school year. Virtual learning in traditional public schools (non-charter schools) may be offered at a supervised facility during the day as a scheduled class period or through self-scheduled learning where students have some control over time, location, and pace of their education. Virtual learners in traditional public schools can enroll in courses delivered by their school, an intermediate school district, other traditional public schools, Michigan Virtual School, or charter schools.

Audit Objectives

  1. To determine the effectiveness of the Michigan Department of Education’s (MDE’s) efforts to ensure that traditional public schools provided students with the online course or learning experience required to award a high school diploma.

  2. To assess the sufficiency of MDE’s efforts to ensure that traditional public schools provided students with the required access and support for online courses.

  3. To determine the sufficiency of MDE’s efforts to monitor and evaluate the virtual learning provided by traditional public schools.


Estimated Release Date: March 2020

← Back to all work in progress