Policy Documents

The Rise of K–12 Blended Learning

Michael B. Horn, Heather Staker –
January 3, 2011

Online and blended learning has the potential to serve as a “disruptive innovation”: one that transforms a clunky, inefficient, and frustrating sector into one that simple, less expensive, widely used, and customizable, write Michael Horn and Heather Staker in a report for the Innosight Institute. State policy makers, they say, must avoid attempting to cram this innovation into existing school models and instead promote policies that encourage it to develop its own model. The authors then categorize six existing blended-learning models and explain how they work in schools across the country.