PARCA has developed a system for presenting information about Alabama’s public schools. This system is being used with school systems around the state to analyze student performance through the ACT Aspire test results. The Aspire tests are one of the cornerstone measures in the state’s strategic plan for educational improvement, Plan 2020.
The interactive charts below allow you to build your own comparisons between peer schools and systems. Are students in your school succeeding at the same rate as those in the comparison schools? Tabs at the top of the chart allow you to look at the data in various ways.
If you dive deep in the data, you may notice that there are some schools and systems that don’t display results on some measures. There are a couple of reasons for this. In some circumstances, the tested population for that measure is very small. In that case, the State Department of Education doesn’t release results in order to protect student privacy. A second reason data might not be available has to do with the way schools and systems identify poverty students. Traditionally, students who were eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch program were identified as students in poverty. In recent years, schools and systems with higher concentrations of poverty have had the option of providing free lunches to all students. In those schools and systems, all students are identified as poverty students. This leaves us unable to compare the performance of poverty and nonpoverty students in those schools.
We hope educators, parents, students and communities will find this interactive tool useful in understanding how their local schools stack up: where they are succeeding and where they might improve.