- Alabama’s academic achievement and growth indicators are weighted significantly in elementary, middle and high school. In addition, the state includes a growth indicator in high school.
- The state goes beyond what is required for identifying schools for comprehensive support. Alabama plans to identify the bottom six percent of Title I schools and schools with a graduation rate that is more than 10 percent below the state’s average graduation rate as schools in need of support – which, theoretically, will allow more schools and students to receive the supports needed to be successful.
- To support struggling schools, Alabama recently created an Office of School Improvement and Turnaround.
- Alabama’s plan lacks detail. Most concerning, the state does not articulate how it will calculate academic growth, nor have they selected an assessment.
- Alabama’s plan notes that its standards and assessments are aligned and rigorous, but does not provide information or data to support that claim. Without this information, it is difficult to meaningfully assess several elements of the plan.
- The state’s long-term goals will continue to leave many Alabama children unprepared for success after high school, particularly low-income students, children of color, English learners, and students with disabilities.
- Due to insufficient details regarding how individual student subgroups will be incorporated into the statewide system, it is not clear how disaggregated subgroup accountability will be calculated.