Changes may be coming to a law that just went into effect this year. The Alabama Literacy Act states that if a third-grader is not reading at grade level by the end of the school year the child could be at risk of being retained.
The state board of education released preliminary data about student assessments during Thursday’s work session. It’s data both state and local education leaders wanted to review to gauge COVID’s impact on student learning.
The state now has a better idea of how students performed in school during the pandemic. New scores were released for the Alabama Comprehensive Assessment Program. The Alabama State Department of Education is focused on the pandemic, mental health, and academic recovery as another school year with COVID is underway.
The director recorded a Facebook live message Wednesday directed to parents, citing a shortage of truck drivers and manufacturer workers as some of the reasons why they can’t get certain kinds of food.
Bessemer Schools Superintendent Dr. Autumm Jeter said the students engaged in their First Amendment rights by stepping out of the classroom to protest. Jeter said she and school leaders acknowledge the students’ rights and she thanked them for being peaceful.