The latest list of “failing” Alabama public schools was released yesterday on the State Department of Education’s website. The results were drawn from the state’s standardized test in the spring of 2017. Out of 1,325 public schools in Alabama, 75 landed on the list of those performing in the lowest 6 percent in math and reading on the ACT Aspire exam.
In Montgomery, 11 schools were designated as failing – including several that remained on the list from last year. Those are Bellingrath Middle School, Capitol Heights Middle School, Few Secondary Acceleration Academy, as well as Carver, Jeff Davis, Lanier and Lee high schools. New to the list this year are Davis Elementary, Highland Avenue Elementary, E.D. Nixon elementary and Park Crossing High School.
The definition of failing school was created in the Alabama Accountability Act in 2013 and was amended in 2015 to exclude schools that exclusively serve special populations of students with disabilities.