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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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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 ...
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 proficiency increased ...
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 ...
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 ...
Virtual schools, what does Georgia get for its $82 million?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution looked into how Georgia Cyber Academy performed, and what grade the school earned on student performance. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

5:49 p.m. Sunday, July 24, 2016

Virtual schools began as a high-tech promise to provide individualized education to every student on their timetable, as opposed to Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m to 3 p.m. The question is whether it works. For some, it does, and it works well. You can hear students talk about their ...
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’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 ...
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 ...
School testing critic Diane Ravitch coming to Atlanta
Public schools advocate and standardized test critic Diane Ravitch to headline Atlanta event. Pictured: Baggett Elementary School in Lawrenceville. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

Public schools advocate Diane Ravitch, a leading critic of state standardized tests, will headline an English teachers’ conference in Atlanta.Ravitch is an NYU professor who served as assistant education secretary under President George H.W. Bush and as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board under President Bill Clinton. Her ...

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