Alabama's ACT Aspire results, federal school report card online now

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( — Alabama State Department of Education officials appeared to have turned their homework in at the last moment possible, meeting deadlines to post federal report card data online by the end of 2017.

On Friday evening, the state turned on its new online dashboard system that provides the federal data and allows parents and educators to look at the data for individual systems and, for the first time ever, compare schools.

As a bonus, 2016-2017 ACT Aspire scores are included on the report cards. According to those scores, students statewide generally improved in all three subject areas: reading, math, and science, though the increases were small and reading scores showed mixed results.

Students in third through eighth grades and also in tenth grade were tested in math and reading. Students in fifth, seventh, and tenth grades were tested in science.

This is the final year of ACT Aspire results, as the state board of education voted to end the contract with ACT in June. No permanent replacement has been found, but state officials are beginning work to decide whether to create an Alabama-specific test or go with an off-the-shelf test.

Students with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency still have the overall lowest proficiency levels, and Asian students still outperform all other ethnicities.

Statewide, girls outperformed boys on the ACT Aspire in all subjects.

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