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SELMA CITY SCHOOLS’ NEW SCHOOL REPORT CARD BEEN RELEASED AS PART OF THE ALABAMA UNIFIED REPORT

Selma, AL—The Alabama Department of Education released Alabama Unified Report (AUR) today, which includes the Alabama State Report Card today, containing a letter grade for schools and school systems across the state, Selma City Schools.

Selma City Schools received a “C,” which reflects several different factors including academic achievement, academic growth, chronic absenteeism, as well as graduation rates and college and career readiness (for high schools).

 “I am extremely excited about the progress the district has made, nearly all of our schools showed gains, some even made double digit gains. TEAMSELMA has a hard working group of educators, and the best is yet to come!”

The State of Alabama introduced the Alabama State Report Card so students, parents, taxpayers and others could easily understand how their schools are performing, just as report cards help parents understand how their kids are doing. The goal of the report card is to provide a starting point and to offer easy-to-understand and concise information showing how a school is doing.

We encourage parents and others to explore the new Alabama State Report Card, which provides multi- year, detailed information about our school and allows you to compare our school to others throughout the state using a wide range of measures. This information can be found at:

http://www.alsde.edu/dept/erc/Pages/home.aspx

 Whether a school receives a higher or lower letter grade, the release of the Alabama State Report Card represents an opportunity for schools, parents and community members to work together to help every school in the state succeed.

These are some of the things we are doing to address the areas where we fall short.

We are currently developing Academies of Academic Excellence in our elementary schools, and infusing our curriculum with STEAM and STEM activities throughout the district. This will broaden the learning experiences for our students, which can only help to increase our letter grade going forward. We have begun a 1:1 computer initiative at R. B. Hudson this year, so every student has access to a computer to use. Also, we have deployed an online educational system to both remediate and accelerate our students called Edgenuity. We have already seen great gains from this system, and more is to come.

The letter grade is a snapshot of the school and a conversation starter for communities. It is not about pointing fingers. It is intended to be a catalyst for discussion and improvement. Together, we will continue to identify ways we can provide our student with the best educational experience possible.

Posted Friday, December 28, 2018