District Has Impressive Gains on State Report Card
Huntsville City Schools has advanced from a “C” to a “B” on the latest Alabama State Report Card, with the district average increasing five points from a 77 to an 82. Almost 90% of schools in the district saw an increase on their individual report card, with fifteen schools increasing by an entire letter grade. The largest increases were in the areas of reading growth, math growth, and attendance.
Last year, Huntsville City Schools proactively developed indicators of future success that utilize accountability measures from the state report card but also includes an additional layer for continuous improvement. This is a key component of the district’s strategic plan which focuses on the whole student.
Superintendent Christie Finley is very proud of what our school system has accomplished, stating that it is “a true testament to what is happening in the classroom.” Finley expressed her thanks to students, parents, and community partners, along with teachers “who work diligently to ensure our students are achieving at high levels.”
The Alabama State Report Card uses several pieces of information for the report that include academic achievement and growth, chronic absenteeism, graduation rates, and college and career readiness data. The report card is considered a snapshot in time that can look at a school’s performance year after year to monitor academic progress and growth.
State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey says that the report card can tell us “something valuable about a school or school system, but it does not tell us everything.” He says that it is also very important to take a closer, more detailed look at the challenges a school faces, the aspirations and goals they have set, and the variety of ways in which they might have succeeded.
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