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Red Bay State Report Card January, 2019
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Thursday, January 10, 2019
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Red Bay High School State Report Card    January 2019 FFP

For more information on Franklin County Schools as well as access to report cards for every Alabama school, log onto www.alsde.edu and search AL report cards.

 

Red Bay High School, B-86. Red Bay scored above the state average in four of the five criteria, falling just below the academic achievement state score. Red Bay scored A scores in academic growth and graduation rate.

t’s report card time for Alabama schools once again, and Franklin County Schools superintendent of education Greg Hamilton looks like a proud parent after seeing major improvements in most of his schools over the last year.

The Alabama Department of Education’s 2017-18 report cards were released last week. Each school system in Alabama was graded on the same criteria. The overall system received a letter grade from A-F, and each school received its own letter grade.

For high schools, grading criteria included: Academic achievement (20%); Academic growth (25%); Graduation Rate (30%); College and career readiness (10%); Chronic absenteeism (10%) and Progress in English Language Proficiency (5%).

Schools without a grade 12 had a different set of criteria, which included: Academic achievement (40%); Academic growth (50%); Chronic absenteeism (10%) and Progress in English Language Proficiency.

Alabama Act No. 2012-402 requires the Alabama Superintendent of Education to develop a school grading system reflective of school and district performance. The act requires the school profile be based on a combination of student achievement scores, achievement gap, college and career readiness, learning gains and other indicators selected by the Alabama Superintendent of Education.

Franklin County Schools received an overall system grade of B and a numeric score of 81. This favorably compares to last year’s overall score of 78, which was a C.

In the area of academic achievement, Franklin County Schools received a score of 58.20, an improvement of five points from 2016-17. This is based on the percentage of proficient students in the areas of reading and math utilizing assessments in tested grades. The system’s score fell below the state average.

Franklin County Schools received a score of 95.51 in academic growth, based on individual students who demonstrate improvement in reading and math from one year to the next using multiple years of data. The system’s score scored above the state average of 91.58.

In the category of graduation rate, Franklin County Schools scored 90, above the state average of 89. This score reflects the percentage of high school students who graduate within four or five years from entering the ninth grade.

College and career readiness is scored based on the percentage of high school students who meet at least one of the college and career-ready indicators. Franklin County’s score of 75.47 is above the state average of 71.46.

In the area of chronic absenteeism, where the lower the number the better you score, Franklin County Schools earned a 15.80, better than the state average of 18.28. The score is the percentage of students having 15 or more absences in a given school year.

A new category, progress in English Language proficiency, is scored for all schools with at least 20 students classified as English Language learners. For schools with fewer than 20 ELL students, academic growth receives an additional five percent in the scoring.

Franklin County received a failing score for this category, with a 52.48, although that failing score was above the state average of 42.54.

Seven of Franklin County’s eight schools improved their overall scores in 2017-18 compared to one year earlier, with the exception being Red Bay High School, which scored an 86 this year and last year.

“I am very happy with the improved scores throughout the county,” Hamilton said. “Every school improved significantly. I praise the hard work of the teachers, administration and students as we strive to be the best we can be in all our schools.”

East Franklin Junior High School saw its overall score increase dramatically, from a D-66 one year go to a B-81 this year. This year’s scores were the first for a year in which Hamilton served as superintendent the entire school year.

“To see tremendous growth and improvement in my first year makes me very proud of each and every one and the part they played,” Hamilton said. “Improving to an overall B and being above the state average of 80 is to be commended. East Franklin is to be applauded for the monumental growth. Mr. Jonathan King [EFJH principal] and his staff and students deserve recognition.”

Hamilton still takes issue with some of the state scoring criteria and doesn’t believe they accurately measure the progress of his system.

“There are still issues I don’t feel are favorable in the report card, including ELL scoring and chronic absenteeism,” Hamilton said. “Imagine where we would be if it really was scored on a level playing field.

“But we only control what we do as a system, and I am excited to see the growth because I know how hard the teachers, administration and students are working.”

Franklin County Schools’ scores, in descending order, were as follows:

•Phil Campbell Elementary School, B-86. PCES scored above the state average in all three criteria for schools without a 12th grade. The school scored a perfect 100 on academic growth.

•Red Bay High School, B-86. Red Bay scored above the state average in four of the five criteria, falling just below the academic achievement state score. Red Bay scored A scores in academic growth and graduation rate.

•Belgreen High School, B-83. Belgreen’s outstanding score of 98.83 on academic growth helped the school improve overall from a 76 to an 83. The school has a failing academic achievement score of 55.86, well below the state average. 

•Vina High School, B-82. Vina received an A score on academic growth, and B scores on three of the remaining four categories. The exception was in academic achievement, with the school receiving a below-state average failing score of 56.12.

•East Franklin Junior High School, B-81. East Franklin’s dramatic overall increase is attributed to a perfect 100 in academic growth and one of the state’s best scores in chronic absenteeism, also well into the A grade. As for academic achievement, East Franklin received a below-state average failing score of 56.3.

•Tharptown Elementary School, B-80. The school improved its overall grade three points from 2016-17, in large part due to a strong academic growth score of 98.01. The school was the only one in the county not to receive a failing score in academic achievement, with a D grade of 61.56.

•Tharptown High School, C-74. THS, still with the county’s lowest individual grade, improved from a D-69 in 2016-17. THS received a low failing score of 39.79 in academic achievement, C grades in college and career readiness and chronic absenteeism and B grades in academic growth and graduation rate. 

For more information on Franklin County Schools as well as access to report cards for every Alabama school, log onto www.alsde.edu and search AL report cards.

 

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