Alabama’s ‘failing’ schools: Inside the state’s new and secret ranking system

Challen Stephens
al.com

Alabama, by law, must now rank all public schools based on reading and math skills. It’s the only way to determine which schools are “failing.”

There was no such ranking system before the Alabama Accountability Act of 2013. No existing test provides a school-wide score to allow for ranking, especially between different grade levels.

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