By Gary Lloyd
MONTGOMERY — A recent fall report titled “Alabama public education at a glance” compiled by the A+ Education Partnership reveals information about all county and city school systems in the state.
A+ Education Partnership is a statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to shape policy, improve teaching and learning, and engage communities in ongoing conversations about the best ways to create great schools for every child and build a bright future for Alabama.
A+ compiled this data to provide information on the state of education in Alabama, using the most current data available.
For the 2013-2014 school year, 46 percent of the Jefferson County School system was comprised of white students. Forty-five percent of the system was comprised of black students, 6 percent Hispanic and 2 percent other. Fifty-seven percent of Jefferson County students received free or reduced-price lunch.
For the same school year, 85 percent of the Trussville City Schools system was comprised of white students. Ten percent of the system was comprised of black students, 4 percent other and 1 percent Hispanic. Ten percent of Trussville students received free or reduced-price lunch.
The report also revealed four-year graduation rates for each school system in 2012-2013, as well as the percentage of graduates who enrolled in two- or four-year Alabama colleges and the percentage of those students who had to take remedial classes in math, English, or both.
The state of Alabama had an 80 percent graduation rate, with 51 percent college attendance. Thirty-two percent was the remediation rate.
In Jefferson County Schools, the graduation rate was 83 percent, with 51 percent college attendance. Forty-six percent was the remediation rate. In Trussville City Schools, the graduation rate was 94 percent, with 64 percent college attendance. The remediation rate was 17 percent.
According to the report, in 2013 Alabama led the nation in gains in the number of students receiving passing Advanced Placement test scores in math, science, and English courses, but the state still lags behind the national average for total percentage of students receiving passing scores.
For more information, visit www.aplusala.org.
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