The Kentucky Department of Education accepted the challenge and introduced the first KVHS classes in 2000.
Terri DeYoung, Kentucky Department of Education program consultant and coordinator of KVHS academic and student services, remembers, "After the first year, without a national model, I was pleased with decisions of leadership."
She also cites Kentucky's commitment to technology; every school in the state has the technology to implement KVHS. KVHS charges $150 for a half-credit course and $300 for a full-credit course; however, scholarship funds are available and some online courses made available through traditional, facilitated classes are tuition free.
Morgan says a consortium of the state universities, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, KVHS and VATC are looking at adopting a common delivery medium for K-16 e-learning.
KVHS relies on student needs, school requests, overall demand and an access assessment to determine what courses should be developed and offered, Stevens says.
If KVHS develops the course, a team of teachers is assembled to design the course to meet all state and national curriculum standards.
Most of Kentucky's online teachers are in traditional classrooms by day, says KVHS senior staff member Terri DeYong.
A certified staff member must proctor the final exam for each KVHS class.
Kentucky officials are working with school districts to expand the KVHS curriculum for fall classes.