Sugar-Salem School District has become the first district in to mandate online learning as a requirement for high school graduation. Idaho
Beginning next school year, in partnership with Idaho Digital Learning (IDLA), all students graduating in 2013 or later, must complete one online credit to graduate.
“This is where education is heading,” Alan Dunn, Sugar-Salem Superintendent, said in a news release. “Children have to learn how to negotiate this online world in which we live. We want them to learn now, in a structured environment and with the help and support of Idaho Digital Learning.”
Michigan, Alabama and require all graduating students statewide to take an online course. Sugar-Salem is the first district in New Mexico to adopt such a policy. Idaho
The state sets statewide minimum high school graduation requirements that all
public schools must implement; however, school districts have the flexibility to go above and beyond these standards if they choose. Idaho
Next year’s 9th grade class will be the first required to take at least one online course at
. If taken through IDLA, the class will be paid for by the district. The Sugar-Salem High School , near Rexburg, has approximately 1,500 students, including 410 high school students. Sugar-Salem School District
Read more about the new requirement here.
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