NC state audit: Virtual Public School courses need work

NC state auditor has concerns about virtual schooling

A North Carolina state audit says some classes offered through North Carolina’s online public school portal aren’t meeting required content and design standards.

Tuesday’s performance audit from State Auditor Beth Wood examined courses offered by the North Carolina Virtual Public School, used by tens of thousands of middle and high school students annually.

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Auditors determined that eight of the 12 virtual school courses it evaluated didn’t meet required curriculum content. The auditors also are concerned about course rigor.

The state Department of Public Instruction disagreed with the audit’s top findings and says the analysis omitted the importance of teacher quality.

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