Walker County and Jasper City schools have an overall grade increase on the Alabama State Department of Education's report card.In the report card released earlier this month, Jasper City Schools …
Walker County and Jasper City schools have an overall grade increase on the Alabama State Department of Education's report card.
In the report card released earlier this month, Jasper City Schools scored 89 overall in 2018-19 — a four-point jump from the 2017-18 school year. Meanwhile, Walker County Schools climbed five points from a "C" score of 78 in 2017-18 to an 83 this past school year.
All schools in Jasper City and Walker County saw grade increases as well, with the exception of five schools. Several schools earned "A" scores as well in 2018-19.
Cordova Elementary School came out on top again in 2018-19, earning the highest score in Walker County Schools, a 92, and also earning the distinction of having the highest score of any school in Walker County's borders. The score is a five-point jump from last year's grade of 87.
Memorial Park Elementary had the second-highest score in Walker County, earning a 91. The school also scored highest in the Jasper City Schools district.
T.R. Simmons Elementary School was the only other "A" school in Walker County as a whole, scoring a 90.
Parrish Elementary School received the second-highest grade in Walker County Schools, an 88.
Many Walker County Schools made significant gains on the state report card.
Curry Middle School's score increased by 12 points to an 85 in 2018-19, compared to the 2017-18 score of 73. Sumiton Middle School also saw a strong increase from 70 to 81.
Valley Jr. High School's score increased eight points from a 77 to an 85, while Bankhead Middle School's grade also increased from 79 to 86.
Cordova High School (76), Curry Elementary School (84), Sumiton Elementary School (80), Oakman Elementary/Middle School (76), Lupton Jr. High School (82) and Carbon Hill Elementary/Jr. High School (82) also saw grade increases in 2018-19.
In Jasper City Schools, Jasper Jr. High's score rose from an 83 to an 88, as did Maddox Intermediate School's score, from an 86 to an 89.
Five schools saw grade declines on the state report card.
Curry High School's score dropped by seven points to a 78 in 2018-19. Just one year prior, the high school scored an 85 — the highest of any high school in Walker County Schools.
Jasper High School's score also declined by five points to an 82 in 2018-19.
Oakman High School's grade declined from a 78 to a 75; Dora High dropped by one point to a 77; and Carbon Hill High School scored a 78, three points lower than the school's 2017-18 score.
In a statistical breakdown of scores on the Alabama Department of Education's website, it appeared schools with chronic absenteeism had lower report card scores. Some schools had low proficiency scores in reading and math as well.
Only 27.59 percent of students at one school were graded as proficient in reading, while only 29.81 percent of students at another school were proficient in math.
Graduation and college and career readiness rates were also factored into scores received by high schools.
Despite an overall lower report card grade at Curry High School, its students had the highest graduation rate of just over 94 percent. Oakman High School had the second-highest graduation rate of 92.52 percent, followed by Jasper High School's 92.47 percent graduation rate.
Carbon Hill High School's graduation rate was 91.21 percent; Cordova High School's was 88.5 percent; and Dora High School's was 86.03 percent.
Curry High School also had the highest college and career readiness rate of 85.71 percent, just slightly above Jasper High School's percentage of 85.48. Just over 81 percent of Carbon Hill High School's students were deemed college and career ready, followed by Oakman High at nearly 80 percent, Dora High at nearly 78 percent and Cordova High at nearly 77 percent.
The state of Alabama's overall report card grade for 2018-19 was 84, meaning nine schools in Walker County as a whole scored above the state average.
Report card grades are determined based on a number of factors, such as proficiency in reading, math and science, absenteeism, academic achievement, academic growth, graduation rates, and college and career readiness rates.
A chart detailing grades is attached to this story, and a breakdown of grades at all schools is available on the department of education's website at https://www.alsde.edu/dept/erc/Pages/home.aspx.