The Digital Learning Collaborative's New Study Analyzes Course Choice Programs, Policies & Enrollments

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Report Characterizes Course Choice Policies and Implementation and Details Challenges

Durango, CO (PRUnderground) October 1st, 2019

Course choice policies, which allow students to choose a course and have their public education funding flow to the course provider, are attracting increased attention. Several states have passed new course choice policies in the last couple of years, but do these policies and program achieve their goals? A new study released today by the Digital Learning Collaborative, a membership group made up of school districts, education agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies, analyzes the latest data from more than a dozen states to address this question.

Course Choice: A Review of Policy and Practice, provides an overview of characteristics that define course choice, explores course choice policies and implementation in states that have adopted course choice rules and presents analysis of course choice landscape.

Course choice is one policy strategy to fill a critical need for students who do not have access to a wide range of courses— or access to a specific course they are seeking—within their school.

The report presents the wide variety of experiences in states that have some sort of course choice (or equivalent) policy in place, and suggests that any findings across states must be generalized and will have exceptions. However, some observations appear to hold true.

  • Course choice policies supported by a state program attract higher levels of enrollments.
  • Often a single entity, or a small number of organizations, has an outsize effect on supplemental course enrollments in a state.
  • Data availability varies widely between states but is mostly lacking.

To learn more about course choice, and to explore state-by-state policies and practice, download the full report.

Findings from the Course Choice: A Review of Policy and Practice report will be presented and discussed at the Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC) February 24-26 in Austin, Texas. Additional conference sessions and conversations surrounding course choice are planned as part of this unique digital learning conference. For more information contact us at or call 616-340-8066.

About The Digital Learning Collaborative

The Digital Learning Collaborative (DLC) is a membership organization dedicated to exploring, producing, and disseminating data, information, news, and best practices in digital learning.
In addition to reports, blogs, and professional development, the DLC created the Digital Learning Annual Conference (DLAC). Our current members include school districts, intermediate units, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and companies. DLC members determine the topics that to be explored, via monthly web meetings, individual discussions and networking. Find out more at

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