A staggering 76 schools across the Yellowhammer State have been classified as “failing” according to a report by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) released Friday without comment or fanfare.
The list is released under the state’s new Alabama Accountability Act, which requires the ALSDE to designate schools in the bottom 6 percent of standardized test scores in reading and math as failing. Last year there were 75 schools that were deemed “failing” but this year one more school has been added to the list.
The new information is particularly important to parents as students in failing schools have the option to transfer to other public schools if those schools will accept them. Families are eligible for a tax credit, and taxpayer-backed scholarships, to help pay for private education as well. Families in the failing schools also have priority for the scholarships, but others may also obtain them.
Below is the full list of the 2019 failing schools: