As Americans, we value public education. It’s among our society’s most important values. Without it—and the educated populace it produces—our nation as we know it could not exist. Our republic rests on the shoulders of knowledgeable citizens who can think critically. But, public education as a value—a philosophy—differs from the delivery system of public education. How we impart knowledge to children should not be confused with why we do so.
“Alabama Ranks Among Top 20 States for K-12 Academic Performance!”
Can you imagine that headline? Currently, Alabama is a bottom-tier state in many categories, but we don’t have to be. We know that you share our strong belief that every student deserves a chance to reach their highest potential. We know the vital work that needs to be done, and the work that must be continued to make greater achievement as a state possible.But we need your help.
The Alabama State Department of Education made two very important announcements today: First, they released the state-level aggregated results from the ACT Aspire test given last spring. And as most education leaders and teachers expected, the scores are more aligned with national measurements, placing them lower than levels under former assessments in Alabama. Second, during a news conference for Governor Bentley and his Task Force on College and Career Readiness, State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice announced that Alabama’s graduation rate has jumped to an unprecedented 86%! The graduation rate exceeded the 2014 target, and is on the path to reach the state's goal of 90% by 2020. Now the State Board of Education’s adoption of higher-level testing that is more in line with the higher standards is paramount to Plan 2020’s success. Read More