Two Baldwin County schools received the highest ratings ever when the state released its annual report card on Oct. 18.
“Baldwin County has never had a score as high as 99 on one of its school’s state report cards,” Superintendent Eddie Tyler said. “This year, Baldwin County has two schools with a 99 out of 100 on their state report cards. Congratulations to Fairhope Elementary and Orange Beach Elementary.”
For the second year in a row, the county had no schools posting a D or F in the grading system. Overall, the system was rated a B, with 18 schools getting top marks with an A, 16 receiving Bs and eight graded out at C. Last year the system received a grade of 85 — up from 82 the previous year — and is now at 86 for a total score.
“Last year, we saw great improvement in our graduation rates as reported by our local schools, as well as an increased number of scholarships awarded to our graduating seniors,” Tyler said. “These details, combined with another year of improvements on the state report card, should make all of us excited about what is going on in Baldwin County.”
Making leaps over last year’s numbers with improvements of more than three points include Daphne High, Fairhope Middle, Foley Middle, Robertsdale High and Baldwin County Virtual School. Tyler said the achievements come at a time with the county student population is growing fast.
“This is excellent news as Baldwin County continues to grow, adding nearly 1,000 new students joining our school family this year,” Tyler said. “As we continue to grow, we are amazed that our teachers and staff continue to maintain their focus on academics and growing our report card scores and academic success.”
Now, Tyler says, the county system wants to focus on areas that will boost scores even more for the next reporting period. He and staff have identified where improvements need to be made.
“In too many cases, excessive student absences have had a negative impact on academic achievement,” Tyler said. “This year, we have implemented significant procedural changes to address these absences in hopes of raising grades at schools where absences altered otherwise good student test results. I am impressed with the early responses we are seeing to these new procedures and I expect we will see another year of improvement in next year’s report card.”
The state grades each school on academic achievement, academic growth, graduation rate, college and career readiness, chronic absenteeism and progress in English language proficiency.
Bay Minette Elementary went from a 54 in 2017 to an 83 in 2018, but slid back to a 79 on the current report card.
In the city’s last year with the county system, Gulf Shores Elementary scored a 90 in 2019, down from 92 in the previous year. Gulf Shores High went up to 86 from 84 in 2018 and Gulf Shores Middle went from an 89 in 2018 to a 92 in 2019.
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