MPS improves to “C” score on state report card for 2017-2018
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Education released its annual accountability report card this week. This comes just more a week after the department released the statewide report card showing an improvement from C-plus to B-minus for quality in education across the state. The individualized report card gives a letter grade for each school district as well as for each individual school within each district.
According to the report, Montgomery Public Schools received a C grade, scoring 70 out of 100 possible points. This is an improvement for last school year, when MPS earned a D. However, though the letter grade improved, the district’s numerical score rose only one point from 69 percent to 70 percent.
The report shows six MPS schools earned an A, three earned a B, 10 earned a C, 17 earned a D and 14 schools received an F. These numbers show a slight, improving shifts from last year. While 10 schools received an A or a B last year, there are less F-rated schools this year than last year. Last year, 10 schools earned an A or B, five scored a C, 16 were given a D and 17 were failing.
In a statement, MPS Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore said, "We are moving forward. For 2017, the system’s grade was D. We have now earned a C. It is a small step, but it is in the right direction. There are plenty of things to work on, but I am excited to see the progress being made.”
Terry Roller, MPS' state-appointed chief administrative officer, stated that the numbers in the report merely reflect the state of the district during the first year under state intervention. Many education leaders in Montgomery County said MPS made little improvement during that time.
“Superintendent Moore and I both joined the team after this report year was over,” Roller said. "We have added even more push to the system’s efforts to improve in a number of areas – especially academic performance.”
The grades are given based on data collected in the categories of academic achievement, academic growth, graduation rate, college and career readiness and chronic absenteeism. This year, the state also collected a data on progress in English language proficiency to measure the progress of students who don’t speak English as their first language.
MPS officials said the district also saw an increase in its graduation rate from 79 percent to 82 percent.
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