Online learning as graduation requirement

Online Learning as Graduation Requirement


At least four states now include online learning as a high school graduation requirement, often seen as a first step to ensuring all students are technologically literate.

State Action

  • Virginia SB 489 (2012) requires that students earning a standard or an advanced studies diploma successfully complete one virtual course.
  • Florida HB 7197 (2011) requires students to take a virtual class prior to graduation.
  • Michigan SB 1124 (2006) requires all high school students to participate in an online course or learning experience.
  • Alabama—Effective for all Alabama students entering the ninth grade on or after the 2009-2010 school year, students required to complete one online/technology enhanced course or experience prior to graduation.
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