Alabama education officials: schools earned a ‘B’

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( — Alabama’s K-12 schools earned a ‘B' for the 2017-18 school year, up from a ‘C+’ the previous year. The grade was revealed during the state Board of Education meeting on Thursday in Montgomery. The state earned 80 points overall, up from 79 last year.

Alabama Superintendent Eric Mackey said he was happy with the grade, because it shows incremental growth.

“This is mostly the work of our teachers,” Mackey said.

Individual school and district grades will be online before Dec. 31, according to state officials, meeting the end-of-year deadline required under state law.

Academic achievement and growth scores are taken from results of standardized testing of students in grades three through eight and in the 11th grade. Schools without a grade that is tested will not be given a report card.

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