"With fewer schools and school systems making AYP, there is an unknown factor of the role the H1N1 virus and the significant drop in student attendance played in the final results. School attendance statewide dropped from 98 percent in 2008-09 to 94 percent in 2009-10, primarily due to the H1N1 virus. It was significant enough that the U.S. Department of Education permitted Alabama a waiver on the 95 percent attendance requirement for one year," explained Morton.
GRADUATION RATES MISSED
Alabama's graduation rate goal is 90 percent or meets the improvement target. Alabama schools missed the graduation rate goal of 90 percent with approximately 87 percent graduating for the class of 2009, but still made more than 1 percent improvement from the previous year which allowed Alabama to meet the improvement target.
The good news is that reading and mathematics scores have continued to increase across time in Grades 3-8. For example, Alabama"s 3rd grade reading scores for all students continue to surpass AYP goals. For 2010, the percentage of proficient Alabama students in Grade 3 is 86.56 percent, surpassing the NCLB requirement for 2010 of 85 percent proficient. From 2005 to 2010, Alabama students' proficiency (based on ARMT) in reading and mathematics increased.
Governor Bob Riley said, "Alabama's public schools have made tremendous progress during the past few years, but the bar is raised every year. Even so, over 75 percent of our schools met all their goals. The Reading Initiative, ACCESS, AMSTI, and AP courses – the programs we have in place – do make a difference."
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