(AL.com) — Alabama communities eager to see what grade their schools earned will have to wait until Jan. 11, according to a Nov. 20 memo sent by interim Alabama Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson.
The original release date was set for December, and no reason was given for the delay.
In the memo, Richardson said school officials have a mandate based not only in federal and state law, but also a professional mandate to report on what's happening in public schools.
In the memo, Richardson said Alabama's 137 superintendents will get a first look at their grades on Dec. 14, after he presents state-level information to the state board of education. Local school officials will have through Jan. 10, 2018, to review the data and "develop local messages" about what the report card.
The state department of education is hosting a webinar for school officials on Dec. 18 to help craft those local messages, according to the Nov. 20 memo.
Madison County Superintendent Matt Massey says, is worried about that local message.
"For some parents, a 'B' isn't good enough," he said, and a 'C' means trouble.
"Nobody wants to send their kid to a 'C' school," Massey said.
A separate law, the Alabama Accountability Act, passed in 2013, labels schools whose student proficiency levels are in the bottom six percent statewide as "failing" and provides tax incentives for students to leave failing schools.