BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — The Alabama Department of Education has released the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program (ACAP) standardized test scores for the 2020-2021 school year.
The scores show all of the school districts in the state and their proficiency in each subject tested, English Language Arts, Math, and Science.
This is the first year Alabama students took the ACAP tests, which means these are the baseline numbers and there is nothing to compare them with.
WKRG News 5 has been analyzing the data.
In comparing Baldwin County Schools with all other county-wide districts on the Gulf Coast, their students tested the highest in every subject.
Baldwin County Schools say they are overall pleased with these numbers, as they are above the state average. The school district says they strive to do even better.
They say some of the problems came during COVID-19, when they say the schools in more rural areas with internet connectivity issues had more issues with learning during the pandemic. Those schools are mostly the ones with fewer students who tested proficiently in several or all subjects.
The school district released this statement:
Considering what we have faced throughout the last two years of COVID we are pleased with the test results for Baldwin County Public Schools. There are a lot of shining parts and a few that need to have significant focus. We knew that distance learning, high absenteeism and the impact of the pandemic on families were going to be substantial. This is a new test never before given in Alabama and therefore we don’t have any comparisons to look at the year-over-year changes so we are limited in how we can interpret the results. Many of the improvement areas identified in the testing are areas we had already begun remediation work as a result of deficiencies we knew existed from circumstances during the pandemic.Renee Carter, Dean of Academics, Baldwin County Schools
|School||ELA PROFICIENCY||MATH PROFICIENCY||SCIENCE PROFICIENCY||ELA PARTICIPATION||MATH PARTICIPATION||SCIENCE PARTICIPATION|
|Baldwin County ALL||57.12||32.93||46.95||96.95||97.29||95.26|
|Baldwin County High School||26.77||19.02||23.41||93.29||96.59||96.59|
|Baldwin County Virtual Elementary||59.93||25.04||48.15||89.8||90.26||86.38|
|Baldwin County Virtual School||58.33||21.36||50.41||68.03||70.17||64.36|
|Bay Minette Elementary School||47.01||20.21||33.64||99.23||99.48||100|
|Bay Minette Middle School||40.16||11.11||42.11||99.4||99.66||99.37|
|Central Baldwin Middle School||49.02||16.64||48.45||99.06||98.6||98.99|
|Daphne East Elementary School||68.37||44.22||51.33||99.7||99.7||100|
|Daphne Elementary School||58.59||39.06||NA||100||100||NA|
|Daphne High School||39.8||41.37||43.46||95.14||97.36||97.04|
|Delta Elementary School||43.16||21.05||24||100||100||100|
|Elberta High School||36.8||30.47||39.84||95.04||96.83||96.83|
|Elberta Middle School||67.48||21.05||54.67||99.67||99.32||98.93|
|Fairhope East Elementary School||78.29||53.04||55.91||99.76||99.76||100|
|Fairhope High School||45.56||43.44||47.54||94.25||95.82||95.82|
|Fairhope Middle School||74.56||54.06||70.49||97.85||97.99||97.19|
|Fairhope West Elementary School||72.89||54.13||68.7||99.65||99.45||99.24|
|Florence B Mathis Elementary||38.6||19.26||25.25||99.92||99.99||100|
|Foley Elementary School||44.42||21.79||27.56||98.8||98.8||97.41|
|Foley High School||25||24.15||30.19||96.14||97.99||97.99|
|J. Larry Newton School||69.53||44.82||52.33||98.97||99.19||98.85|
|Loxley Elementary School||49.41||22.44||32.43||100||100||100|
|Orange Beach Elementary School||79.53||62.91||71.43||99.9||99.64||100|
|Orange Beach Middle/High School||66.5||53.5||61.26||98.27||98.27||97.78|
|Perdido Elementary/Middle School||60.4||30.37||50.41||99.72||99.15||100|
|Pine Grove Elementary School||32.44||13.78||31.34||99.48||99.48||99.9|
|Robertsdale Elementary School||50.69||24.85||33.33||99.59||99.59||99.19|
|Robertsdale High School||34.39||33.63||39.38||91.33||93.4||93.4|
|Rockwell Elementary School||76.24||46.12||54.34||99.57||99.36||99.8|
|Rosinton Elementary School||62.68||41.96||48.65||99.89||100||100|
|Spanish Fort Elementary School||78.87||61.31||67.02||99.82||99.82||99.34|
|Spanish Fort High School||44.03||43.72||49.8||95.29||96.86||96.86|
|Spanish Fort Middle School||70.04||37.79||54.51||99.56||99.56||99.74|
|W. J. Carroll Intermediate School||62.5||34.78||NA||99.88||99.88||NA|
The Alabama State Department of Education says this test was rolled out after an extremely disruptive year and a half of school. The test was initially supposed to be taken by students in the spring of 2020 but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students took the exams in the spring of 2021.
The data from the Alabama State Department of Education’s website is extensive. There are multiple categories to compare test scores. Here’s how we looked at the data to compare districts.
We looked at the rows with all grades, gender, race, ethnicity, and subpopulation for each school district. In the data, the school district has columns that read Percent Level 1, Percent Level 2, Percent Level 3, and Percent Level 4.
The state tells WKRG News 5 the percent proficient, which is another column in the data, is the numbers from ‘Percent Level 3’ and ‘Percent Level 4’ added together. Those two columns show which students passed the assessment. Percent Level 4 are those who performed excellently on the exams.
The only other information we looked at for this report was the participation rate.