The Marion County Board of Education took the bull by the horns at their Jan. 23rd meeting and voted 5-0 for a resolution of No Confidence in the state’s new A-F report card.

Here is what they approved.

Resolution for a Vote of No Confidence for the Alabama State Report Card also

referred to as the Unified Report Card.

Marion County Board of Education Members,

Reminding Marion County Board of Education members that the Alabama Legislature adopted a state law in 2012 (Act No. 2012-402) entitled the Legislative School Performance Recognition Program Act (commonly referred to as the State Report Card Law) and in December 2025 Congress adopted the Every Student Succeeds  Act (ESSA), which requires reporting on student academic achievement.

Additionally, .the ALSDE has indicated that the majority of the data used for the State Report Card score is taken from the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment which has been ALSDE’s state assessment..

Recognizing that at the February 9, 2017, Alabama State Board of Education work session, State Superintendent Michael Sentence stated he had “some confidence the ACT Aspired Summative Assessment is aligned well with the early elementary grades but had considerable doubt about the middle grades.”  Furthermore, at the same work session, Mr. Sentence also stated “They (Federal Department of Education) found fault with our tests.  We couldn’t provide sufficient evidence of alignment of our test with the standards that have been articulated.”

Stressing the fact that during the June 21, 2017, Alabama State Board of Education board meeting, the Alabama State  Board of Education voted unanimously to stop the use of the ACT Aspire as the state summative assessment.

Noting that in a memo dated November 9, 2017, Interim State Superintendent Ed Richardson stated that a prototype “Unified Report Card” would be released in late December 2017.

Considering that, although in the 11/19/17 memo a request was made for “additional indicator data”, no reference was made to eliminate ACT Aspire data as part of he Unified Report Car formula.

This Resolution

Calls for a Vote of No Confidence for the State Report Card also referred to as the Unified Report Card if the report card uses data derived from the ACT Aspire Summative Assessment to determine grades for schools and

this was signed by board president Jimmy Adkinson and superintendent Ryan Hollingsworth.

THREE CHEERS FOR THE MARION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.  One of my continuing frustrations is that educators seldom stand up for our schools and students when total foolishness like A-F report cards is forced upon them by misguided legislators.

My only hope is that other systems will follow in their footsteps.