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Student test scores show improvement, continued struggles

Nov 10, 2016

Alabama students showed improvement on standardized test scores, but also show more than half aren't meeting reading standards.

The Alabama Department of Education on Thursday released scores from the ACT Aspire test taken last spring by public school students.

Thirty-seven percent of third-graders statewide scored ready or exceeding reading standards. Forty-five percent of eighth graders were at that level in reading.

Test scores also show a downward decline in math skills as students get older.

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Two Alabama schools are among the finalists for an award given by the ACT organization to recognize schools and people that excel at preparing students for college and careers.

The Iowa-based testing group says Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa among four finalists for an award honoring schools for career preparedness.

Spain Park High School in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover is among four finalists for an award honoring schools that prepare students for the transition to college or careers.

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Alabama's high school graduation exam is no more.

The State Board of Education voted Thursday to do away with the exam. State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice says the test is no longer aligned with Alabama's academic standards for students. He says the requirement for graduating now is passing all required courses.