Report finds students perform better in online environment

August 20, 2009

A recent report conducted for the US Department of Education that examined comparative research on traditional classroom versus online teaching from 1996 to 2008 found that, on average, students learning in an online environment performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. Students taking part of a course or its entirety online would rank in the 59th percentile in tested performance, the analysis found, while the average classroom student scored in the 50th percentile. Some of the comparative studies examined were in K-12 settings, but most were conducted in colleges and various adult continuing-education programs. New York Times | Read the full report