How do you measure quality?
The VHS Collaborative continuously strives to help students develop important 21st century global learning skills. History shows that VHS students are self-motivated and learn to work within a global community of learners.
Over 80% of students taking VHS courses successfully complete their course.
In 2012, the Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate for students taking an AP VHS course is 70%, compared to the national AP exam rate of 59%.
Annual Member Evaluation
Each year, VHS surveys superintendents, principals, teachers, and site coordinators from its member schools about their satisfaction with VHS services: programs, courses, professional development, online collaboration and the VHS community. We use member feedback to continuously improve our services and support. Of the member superintendents recently surveyed, 94% were satisfied with the VHS program, and 92% of principals surveyed told us the VHS program helped their students develop independent learning skills.
American Institute for Research (formerly known as LearningPoint Associates) is an independent evaluator for the VHS Formative Evaluation, and for the VHS Online AP® Academy.
- Formative Evaluation of the Virtual High School, 2008-09
- Providing Rigorous Online Courses to Low-Income Schools: Third-Year Evaluation of the Online AP Academy
- Management and Implementation of the Online AP Academy: Second-Year Evaluation Report
- Management and Implementation of the Online AP Academy: First Year Evaluation Report
SRI Incorporated, an independent evaluator of VHS, has produced numerous reports detailing their evaluations. Following are the executive summaries, complete reports, and supplemental reports of SRI's evaluation of VHS:
- The Online Course Experience: Evaluation of the Virtual High School's Third Year of Implementation, 1999-2000 FINAL REPORT, November 2000
- An Expert Panel Review of the Quality of Virtual High School Courses: FINAL REPORT, November 1999
- An Evaluation of the Virtual High School After Two Years of Operation, November 1999 :Appendices B-F
- An Evaluation of the Virtual High School After One Year of Operation, October 1998
A five year summary by independent evaluator SRI international is available in the book The Virtual High School: Teaching Generation V, by Andrew Zucker and Robert Kozma, Copyright 2003, SRI International.