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Only On 8: Luna Talks Online Education Reform

The Idaho State Board of Education will vote Thursday on whether to require two online classes as part of the high school graduation requirements.

It’s been a controversial part of the Students Come First education reform plan.

State Superintendent Tom Luna is in eastern Idaho this week talking to students and faculty and he answered questions about the changes Wednesday at Idaho Falls High School.

“If you want to be able to take full advantage of the college experience,” Luna said. “Or if you want to be ready for the work place then you need to learn in an online environment. You need to know the discipline it takes to be a self starter. Twenty-five percent of the classes are delivered online. So if you don’t know how to learn or you don’t know how to be successful to learn in an online environment then you will not be able to take full advantage. “

The Superintendent also told students they will soon be required to take the SAT test during their junior year. One of the online classes student might be able to take to meet their graduation requirements would be an SAT prep course.

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