More Criticism for Tennessee's Virtual School

Sep 5, 2012

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The head of a privately-run online school in Union County says it has plans to improve student performance after the state's education commissioner called the school's poor test scores last year "unacceptable."

The Tennessee Virtual Academy is operated by K12 Inc., the nation's largest publicly-traded online education company, under contract with the Union County Public Schools system.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (, the state's figures show the academy fell into the bottom 11 percent of schools for student gains as measured under the state's value-added assessment system. The cyber school scored a 1 on the 5-point scale.

K12 officials blamed the performance on several factors, including students having to adapt to online learning.

Academy head Josh Williams says improvements the school is making will raise student performance.