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Springfield – Governor George H. Ryan and the Illinois State Board of Education today announced that registration will open December 19th for online courses next semester at the new Illinois Virtual High School (IVHS).
IVHS is a network of online courses that will provide Illinois students and teachers increased access to a wider range of course offerings that might not be available in their own schools. When fully operational, the Virtual High School will serve thousands of students throughout the state. Initially, the virtual site will offer 16 courses with curriculum aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards, and 10 review classes for Advance Placement tests.
“The Illinois Virtual High School is an important step in our plans to create and expand educational opportunity for all high school students, regardless of whether they live in cities or rural areas,” said Governor George H. Ryan. “Students in small towns will be able to take foreign languages and math classes that may not be offered in their schools; and students in Chicago will be able to study agriculture and science classes that aren’t offered in their schools. This is a great use of high technology and it will help better prepare high school graduates for college and life.”
The Illinois State Board of Education is conducting a satellite teleconference and streaming video cybercast on December 19 from 1:15-3 p.m. for school superintendents and high school principals to learn more about IVHS offerings and how to handle student registrations. Registration for online courses will open at that time and will run through January 19. Students must enroll through their local school district. Courses will begin in January for the spring 2001 semester.
IVHS online courses are available to Illinois public school districts, non-public high schools and home-schooled students as a way to expand local curriculum and to help ensure that all students have the opportunities they need to meet the Illinois Learning Standards. By 2002, the IVHS will begin offering teachers high-quality professional development opportunities and other support to schools as they integrate technology into classroom teaching and learning.
“The partnership that has developed the Illinois Virtual High School draws on a wealth of expertise to deliver virtual courses through high-quality technology,” said State Superintendent of Education Glenn W. McGee. “IVHS will serve our state well and set us on a course to be Second to None in online learning.”
The Illinois Virtual High School is made possible by broad-based partnerships that began with distance learning and online programming supported by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, The Illinois Community College Board, The Governor’s Office, Lake Land College, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and various state associations and local educators. This Partnership has grown to include eCollege.com of Denver, Colorado.
eCollege will serve as the portal for student registration and will provide academic services and help-desk support to access online courses it has developed. Other IVHS offerings have been developed and licensed through other partners, including Class.com, Apex Learning.com, The Learning Station.com, the Florida OnLine High School and the Kentucky Virtual High School.
For more information on exact satellite sites or to access the cybercast, go to ISBE’s website at www.isbe.net.