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Notes from ACT Aspire Webinar
November 19, 2014
On Tuesday morning, A+ held a webinar for the media and other interested parties to talk about the changes Alabama will see with the results from the ACT Aspire that replaced the Alabama Reading and Math Test last spring.

Thomas Rains, A+ Policy Director, provided a brief presentation on the new ACT Aspire assessments, how they differ from Alabama's past assessments and what to expect when the statewide results are released.
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Funding Opportunity for Expanding Arts Education
October 27, 2014
A+ believes that arts education should be an essential part of a student's  education. Yet, because of the lack of funding, many schools are not able to make this a reality for their students.

To address this concern, the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) is offering grants to schools to expand quality arts education for their students. 

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Montgomery Schools On Road to Improvement with ACT Data
October 27, 2014
Schools across Alabama are getting big news this fall.

Last year was the first time 3rd-8th graders took the ACT Aspire, and it was the first time all juniors took the ACT college readiness exam. Results are coming in now, presenting unique opportunities for systems to review and discuss where their students stand, and how to make sure they’re on track to graduating ready for life after graduation.
 
(For more information about the tests themselves, read A+’s policy brief outlining the new assessments and explaining the expected score changes as the state raises expectations.)
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