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Alabama Accountability Act Impact on Huntsville City Schools

June 18, 2013

Due to the Alabama Accountability Act Definition of a “Persistently Failing” School, Three of Our Most Improved Schools Are Categorized as Failing Schools
Persistently Failing School – Bottom 6% of Schools in the State on the Alabama Reading and Math Test (ARMT) or the High School Graduation Exam (HSGE) in 3 of the Past 6 Years 2012 2011 2010 2009 Dawson Elementary Lakewood Elementary MLK Elementary 81% 77% 77% 64% 87% 78% 57% 62% 60% 55% 60% 57% 2008 2007 53% 52% 54% 49% 54% 53%
Percent of Students Who are Proficient or Advanced on the ARMT

Year in Which a School was in the Bottom 6% for Student Achievement

Under the Alabama Accountability Act These Schools Will Remain Failing Schools Until: Fall of 2014 – Dawson Elementary Fall of 2014 – MLK Elementary Fall of 2015 – Lakewood Elementary

Several of Our Schools on the Failing School List Showed Significant Improvement In Reading & Math Proficiency Over the Past Year
School

2012-13 Improvement

Westlawn Math Westlawn Reading Davis Hills Math

Davis Hills Reading
M.L. King Jr. Math M.L. King Jr. Reading
Spring 2013 Spring 2012

Continued Improvement

Lakewood Math Lakewood Reading Dawson Math Dawson Reading 0% 20% 40% 60% 80%

Share of Students Proficient at Grade Level

3

Huntsville Ranked 6th of 134 School Systems In Terms of Percent Increase in Graduation Rate for the 2013 Reporting Period
Percentage Point Change in School System Graduation Rate
35%

30%
25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% -5% -10% -15%

Huntsville City Schools

Alabama School Systems
Systems with Increasing Graduation Rates Systems with Decreasing Graduation Rates

Under the Accountability Act, Huntsville, With One of the Highest Rates of Graduation Rate Improvements, Now Faces a Potential Loss of $19 Million In State Funding
• Under the Accountability Act, Huntsville Has 9 Priority Schools: Dawson Elementary Lakewood Elementary MLK Elementary Chapman Middle Davis Hills Middle Ed White Middle Westlawn Middle Butler High Johnson High

• Huntsville Already Faces a Loss of $1.2 Million During 2013-14 Due to the Accountability Act’s Creation of a Private School Scholarship Fund. • Across Our 3 “Failing” Elementary Schools, None of Which Met the Criteria for a Failing School Last Year, We Face a Potential Loss of $5.6 Million in Funding Over the Coming Years • Across Davis Hills and Westlawn, Which Are Showing Rapid Improvement, We Face a Potential Loss of $5.2 Million in Funding Over the Coming Years
Note - Due to Its Marked Improvement, Westlawn has been Nominated as a National Model Turnaround School

• Across Chapman, Ed White, Butler, and Johnson We Face a Potential Loss of $9 Million in Funding Over the Coming Years • Of Note, While Huntsville is in the Top 4.5% of Systems With Regard to Improvement in Graduation Rates, It Will See the Greatest Negative Impact from the Accountability Act

Student Grade Level Math Proficiency, Grades 1 thru 12 Is Up 26 Percentage Points in the Past Two Years Based Upon STAR Assessments Share of Students Proficient at Grade Level
90% 80%

70%
60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%

Fall 2011

Winter 2012

Spring 2011

Fall 2012

Winter 2013

Spring 2013

STAR Assessment Period
6

Student Grade Level Reading Proficiency, Grades 1 thru 12 Is Up 19 Percentage Points Over the Past Two Years Based Upon STAR Assessments Share of Students Proficient at Grade Level
70%

60%

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

Fall 2011

Winter 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2012

Winter 2013

Spring 2013

STAR Assessment Period
7