ACT scores are in and the numbers aren't looking good for Alabama.
Nearly 1/3 of students in the state struggled with reading, math, science and english. But Assistant Principal at Dothan High, Donnie Chambers says he's optimistic about Alabama's future.
"Currently with Dr. Bice, we've introduced what's called the Plan 2020. This plan eliminates the AHSGE and goes to common core or national standards."
And teaching kids by these national standards couldn't have come at a better time. "Because these standards are aligned with the ACT."
And that is the key. Schools may have just started back around the Wiregrass, but as ACT scores have been released, students may be more concerned about life after high school.
It's projected that students who struggle with the ACT have a hard time adjusting to that first year of college.
"I think that's been kind of a general trend over the last several years that we've see results being a little bit lower in ACT and when students are coming into the college campus, whether it's a two-year, four-year school, more students are requiring more developmental courses."
This isn't good, especially as college admissions requirements continue to rise.
"Unconditional admission with Troy University we require a 20 on the ACT and that is a composite score of 20. A student can come in as a conditional students with a 17-19 ACT if they have an appropriate GPA."
And ACT scores need to be even higher if students plan to take advantage of scholarships. That's why many schools have adopted advanced placement. It not only gives college credit, but also prepares students for what lies ahead.
"These classes are aligned not to necessarily state standards, but these are college standards by the AP board."
It's opportunities like this that school administrators hope will help Alabama make the grade going forward.
In Dothan, Scottie Hunter, WTVY News 4.