First kids are taking it at the same time they are taking their brick and mortar government classes. They are taking both together as kind of a hybrid class. Which seems to me they are not getting the full benefit of either but what do I know. The program, was sold as a supplement initially for the classes but that morphed into teachers next semester having to use it a set amount (51% of the time). The reason being, I imagine is because crossing that threshold makes students eligible for the on-line credit.
The program did not go live until about six weeks into the school year, and the determination that it could be used to satisfy the requirement wasn't made until a couple weeks after that according to the Government teachers that contacted me.
There was back and fourth with the district if Government teachers would have to fail kids, regardless of their in class grades if they didn't meet the 51% completion of the computer program. At first I am told they were told to fail kids but as of a couple days ago the district has dialed that back making it optional for teachers. Optional.
I think the districts heart is in the right place on this one, letting kids take their on-line classes for free and during school when they are most likely to do it, even if that kind of messes with the spirit of the law, the problem is they gave teachers mixed answers and directions about how much to use it and what it was going to be used for and if teachers are going to have employment and pay decisions based on how they teach and what the kids learn is it really fair to make them use a computer program they may or may not be giving the kids what they need to be successful.
Maybe all this is just growing pains of a district trying to help kids out with their on-line requirement or maybe it's symptomatic of a district which is having terrible communication problems, the fact they are on their second high schools social studies person this year can't help, and that seems to be making things up as they go along.