When NAEP (National Assessment of Education Progress) scores recently were unkind to Alabama, the naysayers were quick to crawl out from under their rocks and scream about the sky falling. A perfect example is this rubbish from the Alabama Policy Institute that tried to convince us that even though Mississippi only has six charter schools in the entire state, “school choice” is the sole reason for their improvement in NAEP scores.
But when the latest report on school report cards contained substantial good news, the naysayers were strangely quiet.
In the 2017-18 school year, we got school grades for 1,303 K-12 schools. Of these, 201 got an A and only 39 got an F. So, 15.4 percent of all state schools were A-rated, compared to 2.9 percent being F-rated.
Compare this to the 2018-19 grades when 1,315 wee graded. This time 269 (20.4 percent) got an A and only 24 (1.8 percent) scored F.
Last year we had 15 school systems that were rated as A, this jumped to 25 systems this year.
So any way you cut it, on the A-F grading system, Alabama schools made significant improvement.
Of course, when your agenda is political and not education, you keep your mouth shut when the narrative does not support your position. Which is just another way of saying that you show your true colors.
And never forget that the same folks pushing negative news, while ignoring good news, are the same ones who want us to go from an elected state school board to an appointed one.