In an interesting article by Clayton M. Christensen and Michael B. Horn, the authors make a strong case for schools to get their classrooms online and refers to the “Race to the Top Fund” that:
[…] provides competitive grants to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform; implementing ambitious plans in the four education reform areas described in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) […]
As part of the conclusion, in the article, the authors say:
“Currently, student achievement data is represented by test scores—a limited prism through which to evaluate teachers. But online learning, coupled with robust data systems, could change this, as it would allow states to gain insight into the interactions between students, teachers, and the curriculum. It would also provide a robust and diverse array of measures by which to understand what is and is not working at a much deeper level—and in what circumstances.” Revolution in the Classroom – The Atlantic (August 12, 2009)
This is probably the most significant value in an education process that online learning brings to the table.