Majority of HCS Schools Show Improvement on Latest Alabama School Report Card

Thirty-two out of thirty-seven Huntsville City Schools maintained or achieved a higher rate on their composite score in the latest Alabama State Report Card released today. The school report card is a part of the Alabama Accountability Act passed in 2012 that requires the State Department of Education to produce an overall single letter grade for each district and each school in Alabama.  A prototype was released in the early part of 2018 for review and public feedback.

Huntsville City Schools has proactively taken steps for improvements since the beginning of the school year, instead of waiting for results from the state report card.

The district used a variety of information and data to develop an HCS Future Indicators of Success report card for each school.  The HCS Future Indicators of Success not only looks at state data but also continuous improvement measures that HCS has been tracking.  This is a significant part of the new Huntsville City Schools Strategic Plan to be unveiled in January.

Superintendent Christie Finley noted that a “single letter grade does not define a school.”  Finley added that “so much more that goes on in our classrooms that is not reflected in a state report card.  Great things are happening in our schools every day.”    

The letter grade of the state’s report card represents a snapshot of a school derived from a fixed set of data.  This data provides a starting point to help identify ways to provide students with the best educational experience possible.  The state report card information can be accessed at

The January 10th HCS Board Meeting will include a presentation on the results of the Alabama State Report Card and the district’s Future Indicators of Success. The presentation will explain how these report cards connect to the HCS Strategic Plan. The meeting can be viewed LIVE on ETV on Comcast channel 17, WOW channel 3, over the air on WHIQ 25.5, or here on the district’s website.

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