|The marketplace will fill with replacement learning opportunities that allow students to move forward and certify competence through performance assessment rather than seat time.
Job security will go to teachers who can tutor and guide students through this kind of learning. A premium will be placed on "strategic intervention" rather than a "carpet bombing" approach to learning.
Many of these programs will be cheap imitations of real learning . . . diploma mills that will win poor reputations. Some will deliver learning opportunities with rigor and value. Certifiable competencies will accompany diplomas.
Marketing hype will make wise choices difficult. States will experiment with market driven learning in ways that will cause major disruptions in the enrollments of schools.
Some options will make sweeping promises about the benefits of technologically rich classrooms. Others will focus on home schooling delivery systems. Others will offer to customize learning to match personal styles and preferences. "Have it your way!"
Highly skilled teachers will have some real mobility - much like free agents in the sports world. Adaptability will win a premium.