Course choice enables students to craft an à la carte education, choosing from different classes offered at different schools, to customize an education to their specific learning needs or interests.
Course choice would enable K-12 students to take courses from colleges, public high schools, charter schools, private schools, and even online providers. It enables students to access Advanced Placement and career and technical education courses, allowing them to earn high school and college credit, and industry-based certifications.
It would be impossible for one brick and mortar school to provide every class that every student might need or want to be prepared for college or career. Course choice opens up a new world of options for students to learn from world-class professors who teach online or more specialized classes offered in other districts.
A report from the United States Department of Education found that only 50 percent of high schools nationwide offer calculus and only 63 percent offer physics. Additionally, 25 percent of high schools with the highest percentage of minority student do not offer Algebra II and a third of those schools do not offer chemistry. Course choice would allow these underserved students to access a wide range of course offerings.
BENEFITS OF COURSE CHOICE
- A wide range of classes not currently available to most students
- Schedule flexibility that fits the students’ needs
- Provides students with the option of taking classes in preferred formats
Course choice can play a significant role in closing the equity of access gap. With course choice, student achievements are no longer limited by what their current school offers.