Alabama education report cards easier to access, understand


3 THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS THEY WANT TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO FIND INFORMATION ON THEIR WEBSITE. THEIR DATA CENTER IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE STATE’S REPORT CARD. OUR STATE CAPITOL BUREAU REPORTER RESHAD HUDSON HAS MORE… 3 RESHAD: THE OLD SYSTEM OF DATA ENTRY AND REPORTING WAS CALLED OUTDATED, THE STATE SAYS THEY’RE HOPING THE SYSTEM IS MORE TRANSPARENT. ALTHOUGH THE LETTER GRADE FOR THE STATE HASN’T BEEN RELEASED, THURSDAY STATE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS SAT THROUGH A PRESENTATION ON HOW THE STATE REPORT WORKS.Dr. Eric Mackey, state school superintendent”It’s a reporting system that included academic achievement and things like student absenteeism”STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DOCTOR ERIC MACKEY SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THIS TOOL IS PROVIDE TRANSPARENCY.Dr. Eric Mackey “The data has always been available on the website, but we wanted to make sure that it is easy for parents, school administrators, researchers and new people to access”STAND UP —- RESHAD EXPLAINS HOW THE WEBSITE WORKSHERE’S HOW IT WORKS—- YOU CAN ON TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION’S WEBSITE AND CLICK ON STATE REPORT CARD. WE CLICKED ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, YOU CAN SEE THE COUNTY’S OVERALL SCORE WHICH IS A “C”. YOU CAN ALL SO COMPARE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TOO.EDUCATION ADVOCATES SAY THEY ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SYSTEM.Mark Dixon, A+ education partnerships”I really applaud the department for putting this information online, but also making it user friendly, because what we want to see at A+ is parents, teachers, students everyone involved in improving our education system” 3 RESHAD: THE OVERALL LETTER GRADE FOR THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH. RESHAD HUDSON REPORTING… 3 TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS AGO TODAY,

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