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Georgia students show gains on Milestones tests
Georgia released the results of the 2016 Milestones tests on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Updated: 5:38 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

More Georgia students performed on grade level or better on the state’s new standardized tests, though younger students had less success, results show.This was the second year of the Georgia Milestones, which replaced an older series of tests. The results released Tuesday are from tests taken in the spring. The ...
Georgia Milestones test scores for Clayton County see decline
The only significant increase among Clayton County Georgia Milestones test scores? Eighth-grade proficiency is up 8 percentage points. (Photo Courtesy Clayton County Schools)

Updated: 4:01 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Clayton County Schools saw many of its students falling further behind in the second year of a standardized test with tougher standards meant to help better prepare students for colleges and careers.Across the district, overall proficiency dropped for students tested in grades 3, 4, 6 and 7. Eighth-grade proficiency improved ...
Small but steady gains reported on Georgia’s standardized state tests
Georgia students showed some improvements in the results on Milestones tests. The state Department of Education released the 2016 test results this week. (Emma Tannenbaum/The New York Times)

Updated: 2:22 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

More Georgia students passed the state’s new standardized test, the Milestones, in 2016, but younger students didn’t realize as much success.It was the second year of the tests, which replaced the older Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests in 2015. So these results from testing last spring were the first to allow a ...
State test results: A third of Atlanta students read on grade level
Kent D. Johnson/AJC

1:29 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

About a third of Atlanta students are on grade level in reading and writing, according to new state test results released today. And Atlanta students passed state tests at rates below the state and, for most subjects, at among the lowest rates in the metro area. For elementary and middle ...
DeKalb schools still struggling with Georgia Milestones
The DeKalb County School District showed slight gains in Georgia Milestones test scores for 2016. (AJC FILE PHOTO)

11:39 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The DeKalb County School District shows slight gains in the second year of the Georgia Milestones scores, though more than two-thirds of the district’s students still failed to reach proficiency.You can find your school’s results here for math, and here for EnglishSuperintendent Steve Green said while he recognizes the work ...
Georgia students show gains on state standardized tests
Georgia Milestones results from spring 2016 are back. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Updated: 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Students in Georgia notched higher scores on the state’s new standardized test, the Milestones, in 2016. It was the second year of the tests, and the first when education officials could calculate a change in scores, since 2015 was a baseline year. The percentage of students who achieved scores indicating ...
Things you need to know before Decatur schools open
Decatur High School is the only high school in the small, city-based system. Decatur schools educate more than 4,000 students. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

9:38 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Decatur schools open Monday, Aug. 1. Here’s key information about the school system that can help keep you on track through December. Decatur provides a Q&A; for the first day of school here, and you can check out their bus routes on this page. City Schools of Decatur Decatur is ...
Georgia’s largest online school contests performance measurement
A graduate of Georgia Cyber Academy during commencement, Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. The statewide charter school educates more than 13,000 students, as young as 5 years old, all online and at about half the cost of traditional public schools. (Photo/John Amis)

5:37 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Georgia Cyber Academy, the state’s largest school with more than 13,000 students, says the way the state graded it last year simply doesn’t work.The school has reason to complain: the state gave it low marks for its 2014-15 performance, and as a charter school it must do better or risk ...
APS test about to begin: Can new team transform struggling school?
Desiree Roberts listens to speaker at a training session at Thomasville Heights Elementary School in July. EMILY JENKINS/ EJENKINS@AJC.COM

3:15 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

In the years since Vanshelle Turner’s sister went to Thomasville Heights Elementary School, in the years since she herself taught there, Thomasville had been dubbed one of the worst schools in the state by Atlanta Public Schools’ own superintendent.Turner didn’t have to come back.But she chose to come back and ...
Five key back-to-school tips for Atlanta families
Kent D. Johnson/AJC

2:15 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Most Atlanta schools start classes this year on Wednesday, Aug. 3. School district staff are will be ready on Day 1, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said this month, and have fixed problems with student schedules, bus routes and air-conditioning that have plagued the start of school in past ...
Study: Gay students feel safer where gay-straight alliances exist
The infographic shows several findings from a study on LGBTQ students. (Courtesy of Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute)

12:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Students identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender feel safer at schools with gay-straight alliances, according to a study by Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute.The study found bullying reports were significantly lower at schools with the alliances. The students reported having a greater sense of personal safety as well.Among the ...
State releases guidance on new teacher evaluations law
Feb. 26, 2016 - Atlanta - Sen. Lindsey Tippins, R-Marietta, presented Senate Bill 364 during the legislative session. The Georgia Department of Education has released guidance about the legislation. The state education board recently adopted a regulation putting it into action. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Updated: 11:17 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

The new law that rolls back the use of tests in teacher evaluations sounds simple enough, but the details are complicated.That’s why the Georgia Department of Education has assembled a list of frequently-asked questions and answers.Senate Bill 364 passed during the last legislative session and Gov. Nathan Deal signed it. ...
Georgia Milestones results to be released
Georgia’s 2016 Milestones results to be released. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

10:23 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Results for the spring edition of Georgia’s state standardized tests, the Milestones, will be released Tuesday, the Georgia Department of Education said.This will be the second year of results. The 2015 results were waived for use in accountability because the test was new, so this is the first year the ...
Easy for online students to get off-track without parent supervision
Online learning is growing rapidly in Georgia, although it does not work for all students. The state’s largest online high school has a graduation rate of 66 percent, 13 percentage points below the state average.

9:22 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Are Georgia taxpayers getting their money’s worth from online schools? In the 2015 fiscal year, Georgia Cyber Academy — with a statewide enrollment of 13,000 — reported receiving $82 million in state and federal funding.The more relevant question for parents is: Is virtual learning a good fit for my child?Online ...
Low-income minority teen: Yes, I got into Stanford and it wasn’t luck
Guillermo Camarillo sparked a national discussion after he posted on Facebook about how surprised his dentist was that he got into Stanford.

9:08 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

When a Chicago dentist heard that his patient, a child of undocumented workers, was going to Stanford, he was shocked and began peppering the 18-year-old with questions about his test scores.And then the dentist commented that the young man’s score wasn’t as good as his daughter’s score who didn’t get ...
Georgia’s largest online school paid millions, earns a D
Elias Madera raises his diploma during the Georgia Cyber Academy commencement, Saturday, May 21, 2016, held at Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. The statewide charter school educates more than 13,000 students, as young as 5 years old, all online and at about half the cost of traditional public schools. (Photo/John Amis)

Updated: 10:39 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2016

Georgians spend tens of millions of dollars a year on one of the biggest online schools in the nation, yet nearly every measure indicates the high-tech, online education model has not worked for many of its more than 13,000 students.Georgia Cyber Academy students log onto online classes from home, where ...
New ‘efficiency’ rating, like other school data, doesn’t tell full story

12:00 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2016

In this age of data worship, state education agencies seem to devote more time to rating schools than helping them. Many state legislatures have embraced a “damned by data” strategy to propel change in public education. As a result, school districts are neck-deep in data collection mandates.In response to a ...
Online school grew fast and now the future is uncertain
May 18, 2017 Atlanta: Georgia Cyber Academy students Imani Spells, left, and Anjel Bright take part in a martial arts during a field day at Piedmont Park. The school is the largest publicly-funded online K-12 program in Georgia, with more than 13,000 students. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

7:40 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

Georgia Cyber Academy, a massive online charter school, started small, tapping a market of home-school parents who wanted the support of a formal school curriculum. Marty White, of Lawrenceville, enrolled four children there, realizing that she could expose them to public school resources while keeping them immersed in her “Christian ...
Georgia gathering ideas on school accountability plan
Georgia Superintendent Richard Woods has assembled a team to gather ideas for Georgia’s implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the nation’s education law. Pictured: the Marietta Performance Learning Center. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

8:01 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

Georgia will develop its new education accountability plan with input from seven committees that are already meeting.Congress approved and President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act enacted in December. The law calls on states to develop their own plans. Georgia school Superintendent Richard Woods plans to implement this state’s ...
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