In the spring of 2020, Alaska’s Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) used federal relief funds to partner with Florida Virtual School to create the Alaska Statewide Virtual System (AKSVS). Through the partnership, the state was able to provide near-immediate access to K-12 courses following school building closures. The state also provided educators with professional development and training on the platform. As a result, more than 300 educators from 42 of Alaska’s 54 school districts were able to provide classes at no additional cost to the districts by the fall of 2020.
We are spotlighting this practice because the state used federal funds to collaborate with a pre-established virtual education program to reach students where school and district capacity was low, minimizing gaps in access.