Fifty elementary schools throughout the state had lots of smiling faces this past week when it was announced that each would receive $20,000 because of improved third-grade reading results.  Funding was provided by the legislature in the 2018 session.  A ceremony will be held Sept. 13 in Montgomery to recognize each school.

Each school selected will receive a check as a way of recognizing and incentivizing teachers and students who have worked hard to achieve proficiency in reading by the 3rd grade in last year’s Scantron Performance Series Reading Assessment. The schools selected are identified below and listed by Alabama State Board of Education District..

Top 50 Schools for Reading Growth 2018

State School Board District 1:

Fairhope Elementary School-Baldwin County

Silverhill School – Baldwin County

Spanish Fort Elementary School – Baldwin County

Swift Elementary School – Baldwin County

Pleasant Home School – Covington County

WS Harlan Elementary School – Covington County

Eichold-Mertz School of Math and Science – Mobile County

State School Board District 2:

Cleburne County Elementary School – Cleburne County

Kinston School – Coffee County

Highlands Elementary School – Dothan City

Geneva County Elementary School – Geneva County

Samson Elementary School – Geneva County

Slocomb Elementary School – Geneva County

Abbeville Elementary School – Henry County

Wedowee Elementary School – Randolph County

State School Board District 3:

Clanton Intermediate School – Chilton County

Bluff Park Elementary School- Hoover City

Deer Valley Elementary School – Hoover City

Greystone Elementary School – Hoover City

Mountain Brook Elementary School – Mountain Brook City

Pelham Oaks Elementary School – Pelham City

Mt. Laurel Elementary School – Shelby County

State School Board District 4:

Phillips Academy – Birmingham City

State School Board District 5:

Billingsley High School – Autauga County

Pine Level Elementary School – Autauga County

Southern Choctaw Elementary School – Choctaw County

Sweet Water High School – Marengo County

State School Board District 6:

Randolph Park Elementary School – Anniston City

Appalachian School – Blount County

Cold Springs Elementary School – Cullman County

Parkside Elementary School – Cullman County

Chestnut Grove Elementary School – Decatur City

F.E. Burleson Elementary School – Hartselle City

Springville Elementary School – St. Clair County

State School Board District 7:

Hatton Elementary School – Colbert County

Leighton Elementary School – Colbert County

Berry Elementary School – Fayette County

Mount Olive Elementary School – Jefferson County

South Lamar School – Lamar County

Central High School – Lauderdale County

Underwood Elementary School – Lauderdale County

Crestline Elementary School – Mountain Brook City

Cahaba Elementary School – Trussville City

Tuscaloosa Magnet School – Elementary – Tuscaloosa City

Verner Elementary School – Tuscaloosa City

State School Board District 8:

Attalla Elementary School – Attalla City

Fyffe High School – DeKalb County

Henagar Junior High School – DeKalb County

Sylvania School – DeKalb County

Thurston T Nelson Elementary School – Scottsboro City

A tip of the hat for everyone involved in making this happen.  Especially to the legislature for funding.  When we did the LESSONS LEARNED FROM RURAL SCHOOLS study in 2008, W. S. Harlan in Covington County and Southern Choctaw in Choctaw County were two of the schools we studied.  I have been to each many times.