Alabama has joined the ranks of states around the country using school report cards to provide critical data that identifies the successes and improvements needed in schools and systems. Alabama’s “Phase I” school report cards were recently released by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). Thomas Rains, Vice President of Operations and Policy at A+ Education Partnership, released a statement that notes, “the results may surprise you.” Of the 137 school systems in Alabama, over half received a grade of B or higher based on the data provided by the ALSDE and AL.com, with 73 percent of these schools consisting of predominantly low-income students. This means, as Rains explains, “poverty does not have to be destiny.”
With the release of this report–and as it becomes more thorough each passing year–Rains feels that there is “much to learn here, and it’s worth taking a deeper look at what sets the A and B systems apart from the C, D and F systems.”
Released annually, A-F school report cards show school information, test results, demographic information, and other data to promote accountability, improvement, and collaboration in schools and the surrounding communities. Thanks to the transparency that this data provides, advocates can use these reports to analyze what successful school systems are doing to help their students succeed.
Advocates pushing for increased accountability and transparency in school systems can look to Alabama’s report card for inspiration. If you would like to connect with the A+ Education Partnership team to learn more about their involvement with this issue, please let me know.