TN virtual school draws criticism
As state officials lambaste the Tennessee Virtual Academy for low achievement scores and discuss new oversight methods, the school's management company is facing an investigation in Florida, overcoming a list of citations issued in Georgia and recovering from reports of poor results in many of its schools.
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#1 Sep 13, 2012
My godson started attending the virtual school this semester, 3rd grade.
All through 2nd grade, his mom was told that academically, he was doing great; he had lots of behavioral issues, but was testing even with the rest of his class. his behavioral problems, she was told, meant that he could not continue to sit in a regular classroom... and in Henry County, TN, that means the kids learn how to tie their shoes, stay out of trouble, and that's about it.
when virtual school started, he did a placement test... and tested out as slightly better than 1st grade academically.
the virtual school has problems, it's going to be abused and "gamed". but for many Tennessee students, it's the only chance they have for getting an adequate education. the public schools & the teachers simply do not have the money, patience or training to handle kids who have different educational needs.
I've seen the materials and time investment that the virtual school requires from parents and I can see that the majority of parents aren't going to be capable of handling it; the school requirements are nearly identical to those made of public school licensed teachers. It's a good thing my godsons mom has a teaching degree....I doubt he would now be reading at a 4th grade level after only a couple of months.
#2 Sep 14, 2012
This school is being trashed by the TEA, NEA, liberal politicians and their biased friends in the media who see the writing on the wall. Virtual schools and voucher programs are the future. I am the product of a home schooled family and we all turned out just fine. We used the A.C.E. curriculum (which was self-guiding) and needed very little instructing from our parents. If you read the report you will see how skewed the results were. Most of the low scores came from the slackers and juvenile delinquents that didn't want to succeed anyway.
#4 Sep 15, 2012
You can't expel a student and then expect them get good grades at home with no supervision. Duh.
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