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The Alabama Department of Education has released its 2022 statewide report card after not grading schools in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Central High School earned a score of 78% for the 2021-2022 school year, up 6% points from the last released score report in 2019. This puts Central High School almost on par or above many surrounding high schools with Benjamin Russell High School in Alex City and Chilton County High School both scoring a 70%, Childersburg High School at 74%, Sylacauga High School at 79%, and B.B. Comer High School at 80%.
Central High School made its biggest strides in academic growth with a score of 98%, up from 76% in 2019. The administration, staff, students, and parents have been working hard to make up for learning loss during the pandemic, and although there is still work to be done, efforts are having a positive impact on student learning.
One of the programs that was implemented in the 2021-2022 school year was every student taking ACT prep during PAWS, and many are also now taking ACT prep after school and during the summer thanks to a partnership with SAFE. Other programs to improve academic growth include iReady intervention classes for seventh and eighth graders, increased after-school tutoring opportunities at no cost to families and student-led conferences.
To accommodate different learning needs a full line of online Edgenuity coursework is now available to students, and more students have the opportunity to dual enroll at Central Alabama Community College thanks to money allocated for students to attend tuition free.
Additional programs implemented this school year to continue to improve student learning include the $1.8 million literacy grant, a full-time career coach on staff, the reopening of the Career Tech Center, and the implementation of the Jobs for America’s Graduates program.
Multiple news agencies reported that school report card grades were generally lower among districts and schools statewide, but as a district our report grade inched up 1% point largely due to a district score of 94% in academic growth, up from 81% in 2019. The administration spent part of the Thanksgiving break analyzing the data to make instructional decisions in order to make further progress as the school year continues. We are looking forward to continued upward progress when the 2022-2023 school year report card is released.