Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:21 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:21:17 GMT
At a 10:00 a.m. news conference this morning the Alabama Department of Education announced the list of failing schools in the state under the Alabama Accountability Act.Tommy Bice: Accountability Act hasMore >>
The Alabama Department of Education held a news conference Tuesday morning to release the long-awaited "failing schools" list under the state's new Alabama Accountability Act. A total of 78 schools in the state are listed as failing under the education accountability legislation.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:58 AM EDT2013-06-18 07:58:05 GMT
Family, friends and many at Auburn University are mourning the loss of one of their own. Guerry Lowther Jr., an administrator at AU, died last week after being pulled from the waters of Blue Mountain Beach More >>
Family, friends and many at Auburn University are mourning the loss of one of their own.
Guerry Lowther Jr., an administrator at AU, died last week after being pulled from the waters of Blue Mountain Beach in Florida.More >>
Friday, June 14 2013 6:18 PM EDT2013-06-14 22:18:48 GMT
The University of Alabama System trustees have approved a 6 percent tuition hike for UAB students.According to the Birmingham Business Journal (http://bit.ly/1bEUohK) UAB officials expect the increaseMore >>
The University of Alabama System trustees have approved a 6 percent tuition hike for UAB students.More >>
"Prior to the 2010-2011 year, students were determined graduates just by looking at their 12th grade year. But with the cohort now we're looking at four years worth of information," says Dr. Marilyn Lewis with the State Department of Education.
She says the new formula is commonly called the "cohort."
Because it tracks a student for four years, educators can monitor trends noticed during that time.
"Possibly when are they getting into credit problems or behavioral problems, or attendance problems," adds Lewis.
Lewis believes recognizing these factors early could help prevent students from dropping out of school.
There are advantages to the new cohort formula. It's more comprehensive--painting a clearer picture of which students graduated, which ones didn't and why.
It accounts for students who moved in and out of the state system.
The downside is the state's overall graduation rate declined the first year the formula was used--from 87% to 72%.
Up until that point, the rate had been steadily increasing.
Officials say not to worry, though, the drop is simply due to the formula change and could help the department in a few years.
"Everything can't be about just a number...we have to look at those children," adds Lewis.
State officials have not been able to compare their new cohort graduation rate with other states simply because many haven't used the formula yet.
They're expected to implement it at the end of this school year.
There have been talks of including a formula for students who finish high school in five years.
Right now administrators admit those students are falling through the cracks.