Gov. Kay Ivey wants to stop using ‘failing’ label on Alabama schools

By: | November 15, 2019

School officials who have been wanting to drop the “failing” label given to low-scoring schools found a powerful new ally today in Gov. Kay Ivey.

During a state school board work session in Montgomery, Ivey asked Deputy Superintendent Dr. Daniel Boyd if the “failing” label could be changed.

The Alabama Accountability Act, passed in 2013, requires the bottom 6% of schools, as measured by the percentage of students who are proficient on the standardized test taken the previous spring, to be labeled as “failing.” This year there are 74 schools in 28 districts and one charter school labeled as ‘failing.’

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