Principles promoting progress in education.
As a leading national provider of online learning — in K–12 education, especially — Stride has an outsized impact on students. We’re committed to promoting public policies that advance education innovation and expand opportunities for all learners. Because as the COVID-19 pandemic underscores, advanced approaches to education are a key national asset.
In line with our core principles and vision for education, we advocate for policies that will:
Empower families with education freedom
Open enrollment and diverse charter school options give learners more choice — whether brick-and-mortar, online, blended, or other emerging models. And greater choice leads to better, more personal decisions.
Close the equity gap for all learners
Free, open, and equal access to public education options is crucial to creating equity for learners — no matter their location, socioeconomics, or academic needs. And we need to close the digital divide and provide equitable funding to create equality.
Drive innovation and investment in education
Stride and other drivers in education must harness strong public-private partnerships with school districts to advance education and learning. And our investment in the growth of America’s educators is a top priority.
Ensure student-centered accountability and transparency
Accountability systems designed for traditional schools don’t effectively measure mastery or individual student progress. Competency-based assessments and student-centered accountability frameworks should emphasize academic gains over static proficiency.
20 years of education.
20 years of advocacy.
Over the decades, we've become leaders in online learning — building a community of more than 6,000 teachers, experienced educators, curriculum designers, technologists, and policy experts. And we work with influential organizations like The Digital Learning Collaborative and Future of School to advocate for online and blended learning.
We're invested in the future of education—from policies on funding, serving students with special needs, and teacher training and professional development to competency-based learning models, assessments, and accountability.
Ensuring the most important voices are heard.
At Stride, we take a bipartisan approach to advocacy. We work closely with policymakers and organizations at the state and federal levels to educate leaders on sound policy and online learning practices.
And a major driver of that education is learners and parents. Stride ensures that those most-important voices never fall on deaf ears because it's their lives that change when policies change.
Maintaining momentum in learning — no matter the circumstance.
Established online schools — including Stride-powered schools — were the only public schools to remain open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. And studies show the vast gap in performance and experiences between virtual and brick-and-mortar schools.
But interruptions to schooling are not new. Hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and blizzards put education in peril every year. And learners with medical challenges, special needs, or social and emotional needs often need flexibility to thrive. Stride ensures continuity of learning for all students—across circumstances.