Interim superintendent believes test scores unfair

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Dothan, AL (WTVY)- Interim Superintendent Todd Weeks admits Dothan schools need improvement but believes recently released state scores don’t accurately reflect the positives.

Dothan school officials discuss grading process in this February 5, 2018 photo.

Not counted—Dothan received a “C-plus” --are transportation and school nursing services that Weeks considers among the best in Alabama.

Dothan also took a hit on a high absentee rate. “We can’t control sickness,” Weeks said during a press conference Monday.

He noted, overall, the city public school system fell short of scoring a “B” by only one point. Some schools scored high---Carver Magnet received an “A”, and others badly---Honeysuckle Middle received an “F”. Dothan High got a “C” but Northview High could do no better than a “D”.

“Quality schools mean more than a test score on assessment proven to be not suited for this state. He calls teachers and support staff excellent,” Weeks said.

He also points to success like the that at Selma Street Elementary School. Though earning only a “C” the school, with a large number students from low income families, is showing dramatic improvement.

Principal Dionne Blair points to positive messages displayed at the school’s entrance and intimate learning environment with ultra-modern classroom settings as motivators.

“It all goes into changing the culture of our schools and letting our students know we value them,” Blair said.