Alabama’s State Highlights

January 03, 2006 2 min read
Vital Statistics
Public schools 1,389
Public school teachers 58,070
Pre-K-12 students 731,220
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $4.7 billion
Minority students 40.1%
Children in poverty 23%
Students with disabilities 16.8%
English-language learners 1.5%

Summary of Grades

Alabama scores above average for three of the four graded categories of education policy in Quality Counts.

In standards and accountability, there is room for the state to ratchet up its efforts related to standards and assessment. However, Alabama receives full credit for its accountability indicators. For example, the state sanctions and provides assistance to all lowperforming schools (not just those that receive federal Title I money), and provides rewards to high-performing or improving schools.

In teacher quality, Alabama scores points for setting high standards for the education and qualifications of beginning teachers. The state also requires aspiring middle and high school teachers to pass subject-knowledge tests, but does not require performance assessments, such as portfolios, for teachers to earn a second-stage certification. Alabama holds teacher education institutions accountable for teacher quality in a number of ways.

The state does not fare as well in school climate, mostly because it lags behind other states on measures of parent involvement and is one of the few states that do not have public school open-enrollment programs or state laws allowing charter schools.

Alabama performs slightly better than average in the resource equity category. Its score on the coefficient-of-variation indicator is among the best in the nation, indicating relatively little disparity in funding levels across school districts in the state.

State Policy Report Card
Alabama Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability B B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality B C+
School climate C- C+
Resource equity C+ C
Overall Grade C+ C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 31.67 40
Assessment 22.27 30
School accountability 30 30
84 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 32.9 35
Teacher assessment 21.3 30
Professional support and training 15 20
Accountability for teacher quality 13.65 15
83 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 9.17 15
School safety 16.75 20
Parent involvement 7.5 15
Choice and autonomy 10 20
Class size 8.33 10
School size 7.83 10
School facilities 10 10
70 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 22.67 33.3
McLoone Index 27.33 33.3
Coefficient of variation 28.33 33.3
78 100

Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

Grading Curve A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79), C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), F (0-59)

Let us know what you think!

We’re looking for feedback on our new site to make sure we continue to provide you the best experience.


This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Future of Work Webinar
Digital Literacy Strategies to Promote Equity
Our new world has only increased our students’ dependence on technology. This makes digital literacy no longer a “nice to have” but a “need to have.” How do we ensure that every student can navigate
Content provided by
Mathematics Online Summit Teaching Math in a Pandemic
Attend this online summit to ask questions about how COVID-19 has affected achievement, instruction, assessment, and engagement in math.
School & District Management Webinar Examining the Evidence: Catching Kids Up at a Distance
As districts, schools, and families navigate a new normal following the abrupt end of in-person schooling this spring, students’ learning opportunities vary enormously across the nation. Access to devices and broadband internet and a secure

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Data Analyst
New York, NY, US
New Visions for Public Schools
Project Manager
United States
K12 Inc.
High School Permanent Substitute Teacher
Woolwich Township, NJ, US
Kingsway Regional School District
MS STEM Teacher
Woolwich Township, NJ, US
Kingsway Regional School District

Read Next

Education Obituary In Memory of Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief Writer and Editor
EdWeek Market Brief Associate Editor Michele Molnar, who was instrumental in launching the publication, succumbed to cancer.
5 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: December 9, 2020
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of articles from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read