Virtual Schools

A virtual school is a public school in which the school uses technology to deliver a significant portion of instruction to its students via the internet in a virtual or remote setting. Virtual schools are created, operated and overseen by a school district. In Tennessee, public virtual school students are measured against the same academic standards as students in traditional public school settings.

 

Public Virtual Schools in Tennessee


List of Public Virtual Schools

Laws/Rules/Policies

Opening or Changing a Virtual School

Note: Please review the quick reference guide for opening or expanding a virtual school before completing the program and school authorization form (PSAF). Improperly completed PSAF forms will be returned for correction.
 

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance and Trainings 

The distance learning best practices suite includes a trio of documents designed to support teachers and observers as they implement TEAM in a distance learning environment. These documents, developed with feedback from practitioners across the state, include:

  • Best Practices for Implementing TEAM Processes in a Distance Learning Environment
  • Best Practices for Implementing TEAM Processes in a Distance Learning Environment
  • Best Practices for Implementing TEAM Processes in a Distance Learning Environment

 

TEAM Distance Learning Best Practices Suite: https://team-tn.org/teacher-evaluation-2-2/

This guidance addresses frequently asked questions related to virtual education and examines different statutory and regulatory requirements related to virtual schools and virtual education programs that operate in Tennessee.

Slide Deck: Virtual Education Guidance Webinar Slide Deck

Video Recording of Webinar: Virtual Education Guidance Webinar Recording

The department has created a virtual school monitoring framework to provide districts with a structure by which to monitor their virtual school’s efficacy, legal compliance, and operational practices. Through the monitoring process, districts will collaborate with their authorized virtual schools to reflect on practices that drive positive academic and operational outcomes for all students.  

Districts that operate virtual schools may access the Virtual School Monitoring Framework in ePlan. The framework consists of two documents located within the district's ePlan document library. The framework provides an overview of the monitoring requirements, the monitoring process, and a template by which districts must capture and report monitoring findings. Districts that operate virtual schools are statutorily required to complete an annual virtual school monitoring cycle utilizing this framework; the monitoring cycle begins each year on July 1 and ends on December 15. 

The department lead an informative webinar on August 25. The webinar provided an overview of the framework and report template.

Slide Deck: Virtual School Monitoring Framework Overview

Video Recording of Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_GTOZqhQH4

Guidance: Virtual School Monitoring Framework Overview Document

Virtual Education Report