The Alabama Department of Education has released the first report cards assigning letter grades to schools and school systems. The department said Thursday that 76 percent of the state's 137 school systems received an A, B or C. Montgomery Public Schools was one of 19 systems receiving a D. No school systems in the state scored an F.
The cards are described as prototypes since the process is still being tweaked. The grades are based not just on the latest test scores, but how much students improve in reading and math from one year to the next. Legislators in 2012 voted to require A-F grades for schools and school systems. Federal law requires similar reports.