Online Classes for K-12 Students: 10 Research Reports You Need to Know

From Advanced Placement courses offered by state-run virtual schools to credit recovery classes delivered via third-party software, supplemental online education courses have exploded in K-12 education.


To help policymakers, administrators, educators, parents,and students make sense of it all, Education Week published an overview explaining the many varieties of online classes now available to K-12 students. It’s part of our new special report on the state of classroom technology, which you can read here.

For those who want to dig deeper, here are the reports and research studies that have shaped what we know about the still-murky field of K-12 …


Research Shows Making This Change To Your Diet Can Help You Lose Weight Twice As Fast

As most of us sit trying to figure out what to cut from our diets in order shed a few pounds before summer, two culprits typically come to mind: sugar and carbs. But a new study reveals that the most effective weight-loss plan might not have anything to do with ditching sweeteners or calories — it’s all about ditching meat.

New research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition reveals that dieters not only lose weight more effectively when going on a vegetarian diet, but they also boost their metabolism. A group of 74 people — all with type 2 diabetes — followed a vegetarian diet of grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts, and researchers discovered that the diet was twice as more effective — yes, 2x! — than a conventional one. Dieters lost an average of 14 pounds versus 7 pounds.

What’s more, the vegetarian diet also reduced muscle fat, resulting in a higher metabolism. This finding is important for people who are trying to lose weight,” says Dr. Kahleová, who studied the fat tissue of the patients, “including those suffering from metabolic syndrome and/or type 2 diabetes. But it is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy.”

If you’re not ready to quit eating meat cold turkey, we feel you. But start opting for one meatless meal a day — and try to swap in legumes like black beans and chickpeas when you can. You got this.