State report card gives Alabama K-12 schools a ‘B’

Updated: Dec. 13, 2018 at 6:47 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The state’s stop education leader released Alabama’s overall report card Thursday morning. The state moved up a letter grade from a C-plus to a B-minus.

“It shows a lot of growth in the state and that’s what we’ve been really focusing on," Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey said.

The 2017-2018 report card shows Alabama moved from a 79 percent to an 80 percent. Leaders said they understand the state has areas that need improvement.

“It is important that we have a report card, and it shows that the state is making progress on the academic side and we still have a long way to go," said Gov. Kay Ivey.

The state improved in academic growth and college and career readiness. Here is a link to the previous 2016-2017 report card.

Mackey pointed out two areas that need work improvement.

“We are struggling to get our English language learners where they need to be," he said. "Certainly our special needs students continue to lag behind other students in the state.”

He requested additional money from the legislature for students learning English. Mackey also wants to provide more resources and models to help with professional development for teachers.

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