OKLAHOMA CITY -- Certain students in the Putnam City School District will soon be able to take classes online.
The district's board of education approved Monday night an agreement with Pearson Virtual Learning powered by Florida Virtual School to provide online instruction to selected middle and high school students. The district believes the online classes will help a number of students.
"Two groups of students we're looking at will benefit right away, "said Steve Lindley, Communications Director for Putnam City schools. "Students who are getting ready to graduate and don't have the credits they need, or students who haven't passed the state end-of-instruction tests."
Lindley says 60 to 70 students transfer out of the Putnam City School District each year to take virtual classes. The district believes adding the online courses will help retain those students, and also help children who are home-schooled round out their education.
"This is another tool in our toolbox," said Lindley. "The software specifically queries students about what they know and don't know, what they've learned and haven't learned."
Lindley says right now the program will be limited to middle and high school students, but it may expand in the future to include elementary school students.
The virtual classes will conform to Oklahoma curriculum standards, and be led by certified teachers who will schedule contact with students at least once a week. Instructors will also be available to answer questions and provide help seven days a week.
Enrollment in the virtual classes is expected to begin Monday, May 9.