Missouri Virtual High School Partners with Kaplan, eCollege

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Missouri Virtual Education program, in its plans to develop a virtual high school for fall 2007, has selected Kaplan to provide its online high school curriculum. Kaplan will partner with eCollege to provide a platform and software developer BocaVox to "provide course content, curriculum development, online instruction and administration tools," according to Kaplan. Northwest Missouri State University Center of Information Technology will serve as project manager.

"This partnership will give our small school districts in Missouri access to a larger range of courses, especially advanced courses," said Curt Fuchs, Missouri Department of Secondary Education's virtual education director. "For home schooled students, dropouts, home bound, or even credit recovery, Kaplan Virtual Education along with Northwest Missouri State University will be providing another option that Missouri students have not had before."

The online high school plans to offer opportunities for full-time and part-time students who need advance courses, make-up credit and those who have scheduling conflicts. According to Kaplan, some of the courses that will be offered include physics, algebra and biology as well as advance placement courses in calculus, literature and U.S. History.

Some 700,000 K-12 students were enrolled in online courses in the 2005/2006 school year, according to research from the Sloan Consortium.

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