Alabama's graduation rate reached 86 percent in 2013. Only 72 percent of Alabama high school students walked across a stage and were handed a diploma just three years ago. That number climbed to 75 percent the next year and 80 percent in 2012. For every percentage point climb, approximately 600 more students graduate. Some have asked how we reached this goal so quickly. It is through a focused effort by many individuals and groups, and I am grateful to each and every one. This is great progress, and it means so much for the individual graduates and their success prospects. Click to read more.
We welcome Dr. James Klauber as President of Calhoun Community College. Dr. Marilyn Beck gave many dedicated years to the college, and we are grateful to her. Click to read more.
We welcome a new superintendent to Scottsboro City Schools - Dr. Sandra Spivey. Many thanks to Dr. Judy Berry for her many years of dedicated service. Click to read more.
ACT Aspire is a brand standardized test taken by Alabama students in grades 3-8. The results were reported this month. This will be our baseline year with this new test, and we will begin to see trend data after next year. The highest achievement was demonstrated by 3rd graders, and this makes sense because they have had the most sustained rigor in their short number of years in school. Transitioning to more rigorous standards and testing has been quite a challenge, but one we have relished! I am grateful to educators across the state who have risen to this challenge. Click to read more.
Alabama will see business and educators work more closely to train workers not only in technical skills but also interpersonal or so-called "soft skills" which are also known as "essential skills." Governor Bentley has been very supportive of this work. Click to read more.
Thank you for the privilege of continuing to serve you.
MARY SCOTT HUNTER
Representative-Alabama Board of Education
District 8 (Limestone, Madison, Jackson, DeKalb, Etowah)
PO Box 18572, Huntsville, AL 35804 ∙ 1-888-531-1312 ∙firstname.lastname@example.org