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Alabama Makes Education Gains, SREB Report Says

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The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Based in Atlanta, SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.

Alabama Leads Nation in Reading Improvement, Makes Other Education Gains, SREB Report Says

Atlanta, Georgia - June 26, 2012 - Alabama significantly improved public education by several key measures in the last decade, according to a new report from the Southern Regional Education Board.

Across the region, SREB states led the nation in gains since 2002 in areas such as student reading and math achievement and high school graduation rates.  And they made this progress during the long economic downturn, rising child poverty rates, and rapid growth of an increasingly diverse population.

A Decade of Progress is a landmark look back at each state’s and the region’s education achievements since the states adopted 12 ambitious Challenge to Lead Goals for Education in 2002. Among the highlights:

  • Alabama led the nation in fourth-grade reading improvement at the Basic level on the National Assessment of Educational Progress from 2003 to 2011. The percentage of fourth-graders who scored at or above the NAEP Basic level in reading rose 15 points (to 67 percent) over the period, while the nation rose 4 points (to 66 percent).
  • The state’s black and Hispanic fourth-graders narrowed achievement gaps with white students in math on NAEP at the Basic level from 2003 to 2011 –– as its black fourth-graders did in reading. Black eighth-graders narrowed the achievement gap in math at the NAEP Basic level.
  • The increase in Alabama’s high school graduation rate outpaced gains in the region and nation. Alabama’s 2009 graduation rate was 70 percent — up 9 points from 10 years earlier.
  • Alabama’s recent high school graduates enrolled in college in 2010 at a higher rate than their U.S. peers — 68 percent, compared with 67 percent in the nation.
 
“These gains are an important step forward and confirm that many of the policies Alabama has adopted are making a difference,” said SREB President Dave Spence. “Education has been a top priority for SREB states. The challenge ahead is to focus on what we know works to improve public education.”

Alabama: A Decade of Progress details the state’s demographic and income changes, school performance standards, pre-K through postsecondary student achievement, adult learning and job training, and more. Download the full PDF here.

The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states to improve public education: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.

SREB tracks progress of its 16 member states on the Challenge to Lead Goals for Education, adopted by state leaders to help the region lead the nation in educational progress at all levels.

In addition to these state-by-state reports, in the coming weeks SREB will release analyses of region-wide progress on student achievement in NAEP scores, high school graduation rates and college completion trends. SREB expects to announce updated Goals for Education in September.

 
Alabama: A Decade of Progress

 
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