The newest list of Alabama’s 75 “failing” public schools was quietly posted to the Alabama State Department of Education’s website today.
As in 2017, most on the list are high schools, but 11 elementary schools are also on the list. In most high schools only the 10th grade is tested, and proficiency levels are much lower at the 10th-grade level than in other grades.
The list shows schools whose spring 2017 test results in math and reading on the ACT Aspire are in the lowest 6 percent of all schools in Alabama. The state’s board of education voted to drop the ACT Aspire last June and a permanent replacement test has not been named.
That definition of failing school was created in the Alabama Accountability Act in 2013 and was tweaked in 2015 to exclude schools that exclusively serve special populations of students with disabilities.
The list typically reflects schools where a large percentage of students are in poverty.
Birmingham City has the highest number of schools on the list, with 14, up one from 2017.
Birmingham City Superintendent Lisa Herring, in a press release, said, “We are currently taking time to assess the failing schools’ data, as well as the data that will soon be publicly released on the state report card. Although these won’t be our only indicators, the data will be used to drive our strategy, our plan of execution and our movement toward excellence.”
Montgomery County has 11 schools on the list, also up one from last year. Mobile County has nine, up one from last year, and Jefferson County has two, down from five last year.
Students who are zoned to attend a school on the list of failing public schools have options to transfer out of the failing school, including transferring to another non-failing public school within the district.
Parents must notify school officials of their intent to transfer by May 1 for the 2018-2019 school year.
Parents of students who transfer from a failing school to attend a non-failing public or to a non-public school could have any expenses to transfer qualify for a tax credit on their Alabama income tax liability.
Students who are zoned to attend failing public schools are also eligible to receive scholarships to attend participating non-public schools or public schools that accept students from outside of the district but require tuition payments.
Here’s the full list.
|Anniston City||Anniston High School|
|Barbour County||Barbour County High School|
|Bessemer City||Abrams Elementary School|
|Bessemer City||Bessemer City High School|
|Birmingham City||Barrett Elementary School|
|Birmingham City||Charles A Brown Elementary School|
|Birmingham City||George Washington Carver High School|
|Birmingham City||Hayes K-8|
|Birmingham City||Hemphill Elementary School|
|Birmingham City||Hudson K-Eight School|
|Birmingham City||Huffman High School-Magnet|
|Birmingham City||Jackson-Olin High School|
|Birmingham City||Parker High School|
|Birmingham City||Smith Middle School|
|Birmingham City||Washington Elementary School|
|Birmingham City||Jones Valley Middle School|
|Birmingham City||Wenonah High School|
|Birmingham City||Woodlawn High School-Magnet|
|Bullock County||Bullock County High School|
|Choctaw County||Choctaw County High School|
|Dallas County||Keith Middle-High School|
|Dallas County||Southside High School|
|Dallas County||Tipton Durant Middle School|
|Dothan City||Honeysuckle Middle School|
|Escambia County||Escambia County High School|
|Fairfield City||Fairfield High Preparatory School|
|Fairfield City||Robinson Elementary School|
|Greene County||Greene County High School|
|Greene County||Robert Brown Middle School (formerly Carver Middle School)|
|Hale County||Greensboro High School|
|Hale County||Hale County High School|
|Huntsville City||Mae Jemison High School|
|Huntsville City||Lee High School|
|Huntsville City||Ronald McNair 7-8|
|Jefferson County||Center Point High School|
|Jefferson County||Minor High School|
|Lanett City||Lanett Senior High School|
|Linden City||Linden High School|
|Lowndes County||Calhoun High School|
|Macon County||Booker T Washington High|
|Macon County||Notasulga High School|
|Marengo County||Amelia L. Johnson High School|
|Midfield City||Midfield High School|
|Midfield City||Rutledge School|
|Mobile County||Ben C Rain High School|
|Mobile County||Booker T Washington Middle School|
|Mobile County||Mattie T Blount High School|
|Mobile County||Mobile County Training Middle School|
|Mobile County||CL Scarborough Model Middle School (formerly CL Scarborough Middle School)|
|Mobile County||John L Leflore Magnet School|
|Mobile County||Chastang-Fournier Middle School (formerly Elizabeth S Chastang Middle School)|
|Mobile County||CF Vigor High School|
|Mobile County||Lillie B Williamson High School|
|Monroe County||Monroe County High School|
|Montgomery County||Bellingrath Middle School|
|Montgomery County||Capitol Heights Middle School|
|Montgomery County||Carver Senior High School|
|Montgomery County||Davis Elementary School|
|Montgomery County||Fews Secondary Acceleration Academy|
|Montgomery County||Highland Avenue Elementary School|
|Montgomery County||Jefferson Davis High School|
|Montgomery County||Lanier Senior High School|
|Montgomery County||Lee High School|
|Montgomery County||Nixon Elementary School|
|Montgomery County||Park Crossing High School|
|Pickens County||Aliceville High School|
|Selma City||Selma High School|
|Selma City||R.B.Hudson Middle School|
|Sumter County||York West End Junior High School|
|Sumter County||Sumter Central High School|
|Tuscaloosa City||Paul W Bryant High School|
|Tuscaloosa City||Central High School|
|Walker County||Carbon Hill High School|
|Wilcox County||Wilcox Central High School|
|Wilcox County||Camden School Of Arts & Technology|