Alabama



State Governance

State Board of Education

                Alabama’s State Board of Education consists of eight members, each serving a four-year term. Board members are elected by a partisan ballot.

Alabama’s State Board of Education has authority over:

  • Teacher Licensure
  • Summative Assessments
  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Appointment of Chief State School Officer
  • Community Colleges

Governor

Kay Ivey (R)

Chief State School Officer

                Michael Sentance

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Race:

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 58.2%

English Language Learners: 2.3%

Served by IDEA: 10.8%

 2015 NAEP State Data

Reading data for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity and NSLP eligibility compared to the state average.

Reading data for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015. Additional national average data is included in the graph.

Mathematics data for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity and NSLP eligibility compared to the state average.

Mathematics data for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015. Additional national average data is included in the graph.

Science data for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity and NSLP eligibility compared to the state average.

 

Graduation Rates

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 2015

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: N/A

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: N/A

Charter School Cap Law: Authorizers may not approve more than 10 start-up public charter schools in a fiscal year

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Alabama intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about Alabama’s ESSA approach.