Ultimately, as I’ve written, virtual schools must step up their game. Although it’s unlikely they will ever grow to educate more than 5 to 10 percent of K–12 students, given the important service they provide for many individual students and families, we need to better understand the value they are delivering. Harnessing their benefits while [sic] reigning in their downsides is critical.

Virtual schools are expected to follow federal special education rules.