THE National
Standards for
Quality Online Learning

National Standards for Quality Online Learning

COVID-19

In response to COVID-19 and its impact on the field of education and online learning, the NSQ Project team would like to remind educators of the updated National Standards for Quality (NSQ) Online Learning.  The (NSQ) standard sets include Online Courses, Online Teaching, and Online Programs. These are essential frameworks for K-12 districts developing quality online learning plans to deal with long-term school closure possibilities.  These standard sets, updated in 2019, have been the benchmark for online programs since 2007. We invite you to explore the resources on this site.

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The National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Online Teaching and Online Programs have been the benchmark for online programs, districts and state agencies since their creation in 2007.

Quality Online Learning

The Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA) and Quality Matters (QM) are leading a broad-based effort to revise the National Standards for Quality Online Learning, building upon the work started by The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

The NEW Standards

Below are links to view or download the most current versions of each of the standards sets. National Standards for Quality Online Courses is currently being revised.

Previous Versions

Below are links to download the past versions of the standards from iNACOL.