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Failing schools list released by AL Dept. of Education

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Alabama Department of Education has released a list of the state's failing schools as defined by the controversial Alabama Accountability Act of 2015.

There are a total of 76 schools on the list, up from 66 a year ago. Each of these schools is in the lowest six percent of schools. Students at schools on this list are allowed to transfer to non-failing public or private schools with their families being eligible for a tax credit to help pay for tuition.

The release of Alabama's failing schools list was met with mixed reaction depending on the school system.

Bigger school systems saw the list as a sign of progress and work to be done while others, like Elmore County, saw it as a job well done.

"It is really good news," said Andre Harrison, Superintendent of Elmore County School. "It just shows the work of our teachers and our administrators in the schools, the support of our parents and community, how we're working so hard on our students from an academic standpoint."

The number of schools on the list isn't the only thing that has changed since last year. An amendment passed last spring changed the way the list is compiled. Instead of using three out of the last six years' worth of data, the failing schools used last year's ACT Aspire test scores which measure reading and math. The test is given in grades 3 through 8 and then again in 10th. 

Selma's Superintendent, just ten months into the job, is hoping changes she's already made will pay off next year.

"We are being proactive. We started this summer, really implementing some strategies that will that will improve the quality of instruction so that we can work together as a community to address the learning needs of students," said Dr. Angela Mangum, Selma Superintendent. 

Harrison says the secret to district-wide success, starts at smaller scale.

"Focusing on the individual child's need. We talk about the use of data to drive instruction and looking at every single child that walks through our school doors each and every day and focusing on those needs and finding out where the gaps are how to close those gaps."

The failing schools include:

COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEMS 

AUTAUGA COUNTY: Autaugaville School

BARBOUR COUNTY: Barbour Co. High

BULLOCK COUNTY: South Highlands Middle, Bullock Co. High

CHAMBERS COUNTY: Lafayette High

CHOCTAW COUNTY: Choctaw Co. High

DALLAS COUNTY: Bruce K. Craig Elem.

GREENE COUNTY: Carver Middle

MACON COUNTY: Notasulga High

MOBILE COUNTY: Jeremiah A Denton Middle, Booker T Washington Middle, Mattie T Blount High, Mae Eanes Middle, Mobile County Training Middle, Morningside Elementary, ET Belsaw - Mount Vernon School, Pillans Middle, CL Scarborough Middle, Elizabeth S Chastang Middle, CF Vigor High, Lillie Williamson High

MONROE COUNTY: Monroe Intermediate School

MONTGOMERY COUNTY: Bellingrath Middle, Brewbaker Middle, Capitol Heights Middle, Chisholm Elementary, Dannelly Elementary, Davis Elementary, Fews Secondary Acceleration Academy, Goodwyn Middle, Jeff Davis High, Johnson Elementary, King Elementary, Southlawn Middle
[Montgomery Co. School System reacts]

PERRY COUNTY: RC Hatch High

SUMTER COUNTY: Kinterbish Junior High, North Sumter Junior High, Livingston Junior High, York West End Junior High

TALLADEGA COUNTY: Talladega Co. Central High

WASHINGTON COUNTY: McIntosh High

WILCOX COUNTY: Camden School of Arts and Technology

CITY SCHOOL SYSTEMS

BESSEMER CITY: Abrams Elementary, Bessemer City Middle, Charles F Hard Elementary, Bessemer City High, Jonesboro Elementary

BIRMINGHAM CITY: Bush Hills Academy, Charles A Brown Elementary, George Washington Carver High, Central Park Elementary, Green Acres Middle, Hayes K-8, Hemphill Elementary, Jackson-Olin High, Oxmoor K-5, Parker High, WE Putnam Middle School - Magnet, Smith Middle, South Hampton K-8, Arrington Middle, Washington Elementary, Jones Valley Middle, West End Academy, Woodlawn High School - Magnet

DOTHAN CITY: Girard Middle

FAIRFIELD CITY: Fairfield High Prep.

HUNTSVILLE CITY: JO Johnson High, Ronald McNair 7-8
[2 Hunstville schools on state failing list]

LANETT CITY: Lanett Jr. High

LINDEN CITY: George P. Austin Jr. High

SELMA CITY: Sophia Kingston Elementary, R.B. Hudson Middle

TARRANT CITY: Tarrant High

TUSCALOOSA CITY: Central High

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