In 2015, 16% of Alabama high school graduates were ready for college, according to ACT data that was released last month. That’s the percentage of last spring’s high school graduates who met all four ACT college readiness benchmarks (English, reading, mathematics, science).
Having this new information means that for the first time, Alabama high school students now have honest, meaningful feedback that gives them an idea of whether or not they are prepared for college, or their “readiness” level. Read More
Written by Thomas Rains
A+ Policy Director Earlier this month, the Legislature passed a General Fund budget that took money that would have (and should have) been spent on education. It's tempting to shake our heads and grumble when things don’t go our way, and we’re especially good at that in Alabama. But if we want things to get better, we know we can’t just complain. We have to try to succeed under the existing circumstances.
Imagine what schools would look like if we designed them today, from scratch. If we wanted to succeed, we would build schools that fit the needs of today’s students using the resources we have. Read More
Results from the second year of the ACT Aspire are rolling into local school districts, and scores show that Alabama students are rising to the challenge of higher academic standards. While results show that we have a long way to go toward making sure all students are on a path to graduating college and career ready, it’s becoming clearer that they’re up for the task. Read More