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ERIC Number: ED447209
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-9
Pages: 13
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High Performing Alabama School Systems: What Do the Best Have in Common?
Miller-Whitehead, Marie
The Alabama State Department of Education School System Report Card provides annual data for each of Alabama's city and county public school systems, including student achievement indicators on the Stanford Achievement Test, High School Exit exam, writing tests, ACT test, dropouts, ADA expenditures, free and reduced lunch, system revenues, and teacher professional certification. An examination of the data for the year 1999 showed that 13 of Alabama's public school systems received a grade of "A" from the State Department of Education in at least 3 categories and no grade of "F" in any of the categories for which the state assigns grades. This report seeks to identify commonalities of the 13 school systems that rated the highest on the State of Alabama's School System Report Card. Elected or appointed superintendent, gender of superintendent, system demographics, system size, location, and student teacher ratio were among the variables used in the comparison. All of the school systems identified were city school systems, rather than county systems. All were relatively small, and demographically, the schools ranged from 99% white to 59% white, with the average 79% white. Three systems had more than the state average of students entitled to free and reduced meals. All of the systems in this study had appointed school superintendents, and all but one were male. The school systems in this study all participated in a variety of special initiatives aimed at improving student achievement. Findings of the study point to the need for school systems to develop models that will be effective in communicating their successes to diverse consumers. This will ensure that the school improvement processes remains vibrant and responsive to changing marketplace demands. (Contains 2 figures, 2 tables, and 10 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama