In six years, our nation's goal is to have every child performing at grade level in math and reading.
Alabama is doing its part. Only 227 out of nearly 1,400 schools, aren't making the grade.
Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery County's progress is more impressive. Just nine of 82 schools in those counties didn't make adequate yearly progress this past year in meeting federal education standards.
Showing improvement is what we are all taught at an early age is what we need to do.
We should be commended for it.
But we are also taught to work on our shortcomings and get better.
For area high schools, this needs to be a main focus.
Prattville, Stan Hope Elmore, Sidney Lanier, Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee High Schools are among those not making adequate progress.
Key to making progress is to stay in school. You won't improve if you are not there to learn.
Improve graduation rates, and reading and math improvement will come.
Let's not wait for the progress being made on the elementary, middle and junior high school levels to catch up to the high school levels. We need to make that progress now!