MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) – 9 Mobile County schools made a dubious list, 2019’s list of failing schools. There are 76 schools on Alabma’s list with 9 of them in Mobile County. No Baldwin County schools are on the list.
B.C. Rain High School, Booker T Washington Middle School, Calloway Smith Middle School, Mobile County Training Middle School, Morningside Elementary School, Pillans Middle School, Chastang-Fournier Middle School, Vigor High School, Lillie B Williamson High School.
Mobile County Public Schools said neither the spokesperson nor the superintendent were available for an interview but sent us this statment from Superintendent Chresal Threadgill:
“We are disappointed that any of our schools made the list. We have been reviewing the test scores this is based upon for several months now and most of the schools had improved. We are making progress.
This summer we began a transformational process at these and several other schools. We are collaborating with the state to utilize some of their expertise to assist us in this process. We also have assembled our own Transformational Teams that consist of experts in areas ranging from curriculum to facilities who are going into these schools and assessing their individual needs so we can be prescriptive in our approach.
Some of the measures we are taking include strenuous instructional interventions, providing more professional development for our teachers, and working on student motivation and accountability.
We will continue to make progress. And we will get these schools off the list.”
Also on the list: Monroe County High School, Escambia High School
The definition of a failing school is written into Alabama law and the list is released every year.
“Failing” Schools as Defined by the Alabama Accountability Act of 2015 Purpose (a) Innovative schools and school systems may be established in Alabama in accordance with this chapter. (b) The purpose of this chapter is to advance the benefits of local school and school system autonomy in innovation and creativity by allowing flexibility from state laws, regulations, and policies. (Act 2015-434, p.7) A Failing School is a public K-12 school that is either of the following: (a) Is designated as a failing school by the State Superintendent of Education. (b) Does not exclusively serve a special population of students and is listed in the lowest six percent of public K-12 schools based on the state standardized assessment in reading and math. Business Rules for Calculation to meet Section 5(b) of ACT 2015-434: 1. Determine current/open schools and remove any school that exclusively serves a special population. 2. Determine the bottom 6% of Alabama schools for school year 2016-2017 based on the state standardized assessment in reading and math. 3. This list will be revised annually in accordance with the law.