School grading from a mom and education policy-maker’s perspective

CL4E and Alabama State Board of Education Member Mary Scott Hunter authored an opinion piece on the recently released A-F grading scores for schools, districts, and the overall education system in the state.

In 2012, the Alabama Legislature passed the School Performance Recognition Program Act and required the state, school systems, and individual schools be graded utilizing an A-F grading system.

A few weeks ago, the statewide score was released, and Alabama as a whole received a grade of “C.” On February 1, officials released a second round of grades for all Alabama schools and districts. The grades are based upon the following five factors: Academic Achievement (20%), Academic Growth (30%), Graduation Rate (30%), College and Career Readiness (10%), and Chronic Absenteeism (10%)…[Read More]