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Ty Tagami

Education reporter

Ty Tagami writes about K-12 education, focusing on statewide issues. Since 2002, he has covered government, politics, crime and schools for the AJC.

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State school board member elected to national organization
 State school board member Kevin Boyd will have a seat at a national table after winning election to the board of an education leadership organization. The member of the Georgia Board of Education will represent the southern region on the National Association of State Boards of Education, the organization announced Wednesday. The Gainesville...

Posted: 5 days ago

State school board member Kevin Boyd will have a seat at a national table after winning election to the board of an education leadership organization. The member of the Georgia Board of Education will represent the southern region on the National Association of State Boards of Education, the organization announced Wednesday. The Gainesville...
It’s complex: Experts both extol, criticize Georgia’s education plan
 Georgia’s education plan is getting mixed reviews from expert observers as the state awaits its approval by the federal government. Gov. Nathan Deal disliked state Superintendent Richard Woods’ proposal so much that he refused to sign it. The 111-page plan is being praised and criticized in two early reviews by national education...

Posted: 6 days ago

Georgia’s education plan is getting mixed reviews from expert observers as the state awaits its approval by the federal government. Gov. Nathan Deal disliked state Superintendent Richard Woods’ proposal so much that he refused to sign it. The 111-page plan is being praised and criticized in two early reviews by national education...
Georgia’s education plan gets mixed reviews
 In a sign of the complexity, and potential for controversy, of the new federal education law, experts are both praising and criticizing Georgia’s plan for compliance. The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to come up with new ways to hold schools accountable. Gov. Nathan Deal thought state Superintendent Richard Woods&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

In a sign of the complexity, and potential for controversy, of the new federal education law, experts are both praising and criticizing Georgia’s plan for compliance. The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to come up with new ways to hold schools accountable. Gov. Nathan Deal thought state Superintendent Richard Woods&rsquo...
Selection of worst-performing Georgia schools is imminent
 Eric Thomas has not formally started his job as Georgia’s first “chief turnaround officer” for woebegone schools, but he is already at work identifying those he wants to help. Thomas, hired under a new state law, starts work Nov. 16, but in his first business meeting with his new bosses Wednesday he revealed his timeline...

Posted: 11 days ago

Eric Thomas has not formally started his job as Georgia’s first “chief turnaround officer” for woebegone schools, but he is already at work identifying those he wants to help. Thomas, hired under a new state law, starts work Nov. 16, but in his first business meeting with his new bosses Wednesday he revealed his timeline...
Identifying Georgia’s worst schools
 A new “turnaround” chief for Georgia education says the day for naming schools that need the most help is imminent. Chief Turnaround Officer Eric Thomas, the first person to hold that title under a new state law, said Wednesday that he will identify schools for state intervention “in the next week or so.&rdquo...

Posted: 12 days ago

A new “turnaround” chief for Georgia education says the day for naming schools that need the most help is imminent. Chief Turnaround Officer Eric Thomas, the first person to hold that title under a new state law, said Wednesday that he will identify schools for state intervention “in the next week or so.&rdquo...
Google, Georgia Tech help inspire science students with Gravity Games in Douglasville
 It happened suddenly, and with a bang: The gate dropped, and Kaylah Singleton was off, rolling silently down Church Street in downtown Douglasville. The junior at the city’s New Manchester High School was guiding a soap box derby-style car that her team entered into the city’s fourth annual Gravity Games. The contest for...

Posted: 16 days ago

It happened suddenly, and with a bang: The gate dropped, and Kaylah Singleton was off, rolling silently down Church Street in downtown Douglasville. The junior at the city’s New Manchester High School was guiding a soap box derby-style car that her team entered into the city’s fourth annual Gravity Games. The contest for...
Georgia’s persistently lowest-performing schools identified
 Schools that routinely perform at the bottom in Georgia could be targeted for intervention and possible takeover by the state, and nearly half of them are in metro Atlanta. A new state law targets schools based on their repeat performances on the annual report card for schools, which was released Thursday. Those with scores averaging in the...

Posted: 17 days ago

Schools that routinely perform at the bottom in Georgia could be targeted for intervention and possible takeover by the state, and nearly half of them are in metro Atlanta. A new state law targets schools based on their repeat performances on the annual report card for schools, which was released Thursday. Those with scores averaging in the...
Georgia’s worst-performing public schools revealed
 The list of schools that are liable for intervention under a new state law that allows for staff terminations and even an administrative takeover runs to more than a hundred. The list of 104 elementary, middle and high schools in Georgia is for those that have an average 3-year score on the state report card that places them in the bottom...

Posted: 17 days ago

The list of schools that are liable for intervention under a new state law that allows for staff terminations and even an administrative takeover runs to more than a hundred. The list of 104 elementary, middle and high schools in Georgia is for those that have an average 3-year score on the state report card that places them in the bottom...
Five things to know about Georgia’s school report card
 1. Georgia has been using its education report card, the College and Career Ready Performance Index, since the 2011-12 school year.  2. It grades schools on a 100-point scale (with up to ten bonus point possible) using a host of measures, with test performance being most important.  3. The federal Every Student Succeeds...

Posted: 18 days ago

1. Georgia has been using its education report card, the College and Career Ready Performance Index, since the 2011-12 school year.  2. It grades schools on a 100-point scale (with up to ten bonus point possible) using a host of measures, with test performance being most important.  3. The federal Every Student Succeeds...
Georgia schools did better on report card, but there are caveats
 Results on the latest Georgia school report card show slight gains statewide, but parents should read the results for their schools with caution. The overall score of 75 points on the 2016-17 school year College and Career Ready Performance Index, or CCRPI, was 1.4 points above the result for the prior school year. That’s a good thing...

Posted: 18 days ago

Results on the latest Georgia school report card show slight gains statewide, but parents should read the results for their schools with caution. The overall score of 75 points on the 2016-17 school year College and Career Ready Performance Index, or CCRPI, was 1.4 points above the result for the prior school year. That’s a good thing...
Georgia sees modest gains on school report card
 Georgia’s school report card for the 2016-17 school year shows modest gains. The overall score on the College and Career Ready Performance Index of 75 was 1.4 points above the result for the prior school year. "These results point to the continued improvement taking place within Georgia's public schools," State...

Posted: 19 days ago

Georgia’s school report card for the 2016-17 school year shows modest gains. The overall score on the College and Career Ready Performance Index of 75 was 1.4 points above the result for the prior school year. "These results point to the continued improvement taking place within Georgia's public schools," State...