Alabama school grades released
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Education released report cards for the first time Thursday that contain letter grades for each public school system and individual public school across the state for the 2016-2017 school year.
All of the Alabama grades are viewable on the Alabama State Department of Education website.
Of Alabama's 137 school systems, 76 percent received either an A, B, or C; 73 percent of the schools without a Grade 12 received either an A, B, or C; and 77 percent of schools with a Grade 12 received an A, B, or C.
No school system received an F, but 95 schools without a Grade 12 and nine schools with a Grade 12 received an F.
The state introduced the Alabama State Report Card so students, parents, taxpayers, and others could easily understand how schools are doing, according to ALSDE officials. The goal of these report cards is to provide a starting point and to offer easy-to-understand and concise information on a particular school's progress.
ALSDE says the report card grading scale is based on five things: Academic achievement, academic growth, graduation rate, college and career readiness and chronic absenteeism. The letter grades are then based on the total points earned for each section.
In the Montgomery Public School System, accountability indicators show the system with a 78.6 percent graduation rate, nine points below the state average.
The system scores just a 43 for college and career readiness when compared to a state level of 66. It also trails the state average for academic growth 79.8 to 87.8 and academic achievement 45 to 60.
Absenteeism, the percentage of students with more than 15 days of absences, stands at 16.5 percent. That's under the state average of 17.6.
Loveless Academic Magnet (LAMP) and Forest Avenue Elementary lead the way in the school system with perfect report card scores of 100. Fews Secondary Acceleration Academy saw the lowest score with a 48. There are 17 schools in the system with an F rating and another 16 with a D.
In the Autauga County School System, accountability indicators show the system falls in line with most state averages. It has a graduation rate of 86.4 percent, just a half-percentage point below the state average.
It exceeds state averages for academic achievement (65 to 60), academic growth (91.9 to 87.8), and college and career readiness (72 to 66).
Autauga County sees an absenteeism rate of 17.44 percent compared to the state average of 17.68.
While none of the system's schools managed an A on their report card, half of the 10 schools earned a B. The only school to drop to a D was Autaugaville School at 69.
In the Lowndes County School System, accountability indicators show a graduation rate at 88.8 percent, more than a percent and a half higher than the state average of 87. However, academic growth (37) and academic achievement (78.4) fall below the state averages of 60 and 87.8, respectively.
Lowndes County schools prepare students for college and careers at a rate of 64 percent, about 2 percentage points below the state average.
Chronic absenteeism stands at 16.3 percent, more than a percentage point better than the state average.
When looking at individual schools, however, none of the system's seven schools graded higher than a D, though four are on the bubble for a C at 69. The only school to receive an F was Hayneville Middle at 56.
The Elmore County School System beats state averages in ever accountability indicator.
It has an 88.76 percent graduation rate, above the state average of 87.86.
It exceeds state averages for academic achievement (63.9 to 60.2), academic growth (88.7 to 87.8) and college and career readiness at a full point above the state's rate of 66 percent.
As for absenteeism, Elmore County schools are a full point below the state's 17.68 percent of students that have missed more than 15 days of classes.
Of the 13 schools in the system, Redland Elementary was the only one to clock-in with an A at 90. Five others had Bs while the remaining schools had Cs. Holtville High had the lowest grade at a 70.
"We understand that the state report card was developed in a short period of time by the State Department of Education to meet state legislative and federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) guidelines, and changes were made in the contents of the report card up until immediately prior to its release," Elmore County Public Schools Superintendent Richard Dennis said. "Given the nature of the report card, we are not satisfied, but we are pleased with a "B" for the district. Our focus will continue to be on teaching the College and Career Ready Standards, academic achievement, and preparing our students to be successful in college or their chosen career field."
Dennis says the letter grade is a snapshot or the school and a conversation starter for communities, not about pointing fingers.
The Macon County school district received a D. All of the schools in the district received a D or F grade. Macon County Board of Education Superintendent Jacqueline Brooks said the score doesn't define the district but gives them "insight to develop and promote pathways to success."
Brooks released this statement:
"Significant changes were made to the way report guidelines and calculations in November 2017, and three categories in which our school system and each school had A's were dropped— local Indicator, program review, and attendance rate (not the same as chronic attendance). Based on those indicators on which we worked so hard and channeled our limited resources, we were confident that our scores would have been between 77% and 86% in our schools and 85% for the system.
However, we the new indicators that were finalized in December of 2017, we did not end up where we thought we would. You only need to look at our actual and current data on dual enrollment, workforce credentials, and growth to see that we are moving in the right direction. Do we have challenges? Yes, we do—promoting and increasing literacy community wide; recruiting and retaining great math teachers; and acquiring and expanding resources.
Let me add that the test from which these reports are based was deemed invalid when it was found to be misaligned and several districts received erroneous data reports, we are also looking forward to the adoption of a fair, valid, and reliable assessment for all of our schools.
We are now in the process of revising our strategic plan and realigning our action steps to current indicators. We are also looking at school and grade-level configuration so we don't have an elementary school that ends up with only one Indicator. We do realize and accept that in the area of subject proficiency, we have a lot of work to do and must involve the full community in early literacy to move our community forward.
We certainly hope that powers beyond the local will look at how model schools like George Hall Elementary were resourced to put in human, capital, fiscal, and social supports to make a difference in distressed areas. If this is done throughout the Blackbelt, Alabama will rise.
Finally, be cognizant that this first release is a prototype and input may be given to the department of education in terms of pros and cons."
SCHOOL DISTRICT GRADES
|Pike Road City||78||C|
SCHOOLS LISTED BY DISTRICT
|Alexander City||Alexander City Middle||77||C|
|Benjamin Russell High||69||D|
|Nathaniel H Stephens Elem.||75||C|
|William L Radney Elem.||82||B|
|Andalusia City||Andalusia Elem.||81||B|
|Andalusia Jr. High||80||B|
|Auburn City||Auburn High||85||B|
|Auburn Jr. High||90||A|
|Margaret Yarbrough Elem.||96||A|
|Wrights Mill Road Elem.||96||A|
|Daniel Pratt Elem.||82||B|
|Pine Level Elem.||84||B|
|Prattville Jr. High||87||B|
|Barbour County||Barbour County High||59||F|
|Barbour Co. Intermediate||60||D|
|Bibb County||Bibb County High School||64||D|
|West Blocton Elem.||76||C|
|West Blocton High||78||C|
|West Blocton Middle||71||C|
|Bullock County||Bullock County High||62||D|
|South Highlands Middle||58||F|
|Union Springs Elem.||61||D|
|Chambers County||Bob Harding-Shawmut Elem.||74||C|
|Five Points Elem.||75||C|
|John P Powell Middle||58||F|
|Lafayette Eastside Elem.||66||D|
|Lafayette Lanier Elem.||78||C|
|Valley High School||75||C|
|WF Burns Middle||77||C|
|Chilton County||Chilton Co. High||73||C|
|Coffee County||New Brockton Elem.||85||B|
|New Brockton High||79||C|
|Zion Chapel High||84||B|
|Conecuh County||Conecuh Co. Jr. High||69||D|
|Lyeffion Jr. High||76||C|
|Repton Jr. High||69||D|
|Thurgood Marshall Middle||70||C|
|Red Level Elem.||73||C|
|Red Level High||77||C|
|WS Harlan Elem.||68||D|
|Crenshaw County||Brantley High||78||C|
|Dale Co. High||74||C|
|George W Long High||93||A|
|GW Long Elem.||88||B|
|Midland City Elem.||81||B|
|South Dale Middle||75||C|
|Daleville City||A M Windham Elem||73||C|
|Dallas County||Brantley Elem.||59||F|
|Bruce K Craig Elem.||63||D|
|Dallas Co. High||66||D|
|JE Terry Elem.||73||C|
|Tipton Durant Middle||59||F|
|Valley Grande Elem.||74||C|
|William R Martin Middle||70||C|
|Demopolis City||Demopolis High||78||C|
|US Jones Elem.||77||C|
|Dothan City||Beverlye Magnet||89||B|
|Hidden Lake Elem.||87||B|
|Kelly Springs Elem.||74||C|
|Montana Street Magnet||100||A|
|Morris Slingluff Elem.||73||C|
|Selma Street Elem.||71||C|
|Elba City||Elba Elem.||73||C|
|Elmore County||Airport Road Intermediate||76||C|
|Elmore Co. High||79||C|
|Stanhope Elmore High||79||C|
|Dauphin Jr. High||84||B|
|Harrand Creek Elem.||80||B|
|Holly Hill Elem.||88||B|
|Rucker Boulevard Elem.||80||B|
|Escambia County||Escambia Co. High||66||D|
|Escambia Co. Middle||69||D|
|Pollard-McCall Jr. High||81||B|
|W S Neal Elem.||80||B|
|W S Neal High||76||C|
|W S Neal Middle||84||B|
|Eufaula City||Eufaula Elem.||62||D|
|Geneva City||Geneva High||77||C|
|Geneva County||Geneva Co. Elem.||81||B|
|Geneva Co. High||66||D|
|Geneva Co. Middle||72||C|
|Houston County||Ashford Elem.||79||C|
|Houston Co. High||74||C|
|Lee County||Beauregard Elem.||89||B|
|East Smiths Station Elem.||83||B|
|Smiths Station High||76||C|
|Smiths Station Jr. High||76||C|
|South Smiths Station Elem.||90||A|
|West Smiths Station Elem.||78||C|
|Lowndes County||Calhoun High||69||D|
|Fort Deposit Elem.||63||D|
|Lowndes Co. Middle||69||D|
|Macon County||Booker T Washington High||65||D|
|George Washington Carver Elem.||37||F|
|Tuskegee Institute Middle||59||F|
|Tuskegee Public Elem.||60||D|
|Montgomery County||Baldwin Art And Academics Magnet||97||A|
|Bear Exploration Center||95||A|
|Booker T Washington Magnet High||90||A|
|Brewbaker Technology Magnet High||92||A|
|Capitol Heights Middle||50||F|
|Carver Senior High||61||D|
|Fews Secondary Acceleration Academy||48||F|
|Forest Avenue Elem.||100||A|
|Georgia Washington Middle||58||F|
|Highland Avenue Elem.||55||F|
|Highland Gardens Elem.||54||F|
|Jefferson Davis High||60||D|
|Lanier Senior High||57||F|
|Loveless Academic Magnet Program High||100||A|
|MacMillan International at McKee||88||B|
|Park Crossing High||65||D|
|Vaughn Road Elem.||66||D|
|Wares Ferry Elem.||73||C|
|Opelika City||Morris Avenue Intermediate||71||C|
|West Forest Intermediate||62||D|
|Opp City||Opp Elem.||87||B|
|Ozark City||Carroll High||79||C|
|D A Smith Middle||73||C|
|Harry N Mixon Intermediate||71||C|
|Perry County||Francis Marion||61||D|
|Robert C Hatch High||70||C|
|Phenix City||Central High||74||C|
|Phenix City Elem.||70||C|
|Phenix City Intermediate||76||C|
|Pike Co. Elem.||84||B|
|Pike Co. High||82||B|
|Pike Road City||Pike Road Elem.||78||C|
|Russell County||Dixie Elem.||69||D|
|Mount Olive Intermediate||75||C|
|Russell Co. High||70||C|
|Russell Co. Middle||64||D|
|Selma City||Cedar Park Elem.||57||F|
|School Of Discovery Genesis Center||61||D|
|Sophia P Kingston Elem.||56||F|
|Tallapoosa County||Dadeville Elem.||70||C|
|Horseshoe Bend High||75||C|
|Tallassee City||Southside Middle||65||D|
|Troy City||Charles Henderson High||73||C|
|Charles Henderson Middle||70||C|
|Wilcox County||ABC Elementary||54||F|
|Camden School of Arts & Tech||52||F|
|FS Ervin Elem. School||57||F|
|JE Hobbs Elem. School||57||F|
|Wilcox Central High School||70||D|
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