Thursday, June 11, 2015

K12 Academic Report also showcases attrition problems

K12 is doing some good things with the students who stick with it, and are willing to put in the effort to succeed. Their latest academic report spotlights their schools in Arizona, Georgia and Texas.

And, while I will let others further discuss the academic side of the equation, what stands out to me is the unintended spotlight on the attrition rate -- meaning, how many students stick with it? It's an issue we cannot ignore or paint over.

According to the document, there were over 1,300 students in Texas Virtual Academy (TXVA) tested for this report that fell under the category of "Less than 1 year." By the time you reach the category of "3 years or more" the number of students tested has dropped to just over 150.

Under the Reading section, TXVA began with 1,382 students tested (Less than 1 year). The number dropped 27% to 1,019 students tested under the category of "1 year but Less than 2 years." Another 38% drop witnessed only 641 students taking the test under the category of "2 years but Less than 3 years." Then, there was a 77% drop to 152 students taking the test under the category of "3 years or more."

Similar stories of attrition can be found in Georgia and Arizona to varying degrees. The academic growth and success is a necessary component, and K12 again is showing gains with the students who stay with them. They should be commended for that.

Where it all crumbles though is the loss of students that occurs annually. We need one little spark to move that needle too.

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