Federal report outlines school performance on ASPIRE

Published 3:42 pm Thursday, February 1, 2018

Brewton City Schools scored just about the state average on a report card handed down at the federal level, while Escambia County Schools scored just below.

Scores from the 2016-2017 ACT Aspire are included in the report card.

Statewide for all schools, 38.98 percent of students scored proficient or higher on the reading test.

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At Brewton City Schools, that number was 53.39 percent. At Escambia County Schools that number was 37.42 percent.

Down the road in Conecuh County, that number was. 28.25 percent. Baldwin County was at 45.49 percent.

Statewide in mathematics, 43.64 percent students scored proficient or higher.

At Brewton City Schools, that number was 55.32, while ECS had a 37.28 percent.

Neighboring counties scored as follows: Conecuh County had 31.66 percent proficient. Baldwin County was at 52.94 percent.

Science was the worst category statewide at just 34.72 percent.

Brewton City Schools was just under that at 33.61 percent proficient; Escambia County Schools was at 29.47 percent and Conecuh County was at 19.66 percent. Baldwin County was at 45.1 percent.

This is the last year of the ACT Aspire.

The state board of education voted to end its contract with ACT in June.

Brewton City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Varner cautioned those looking at the data to compare BCS to other schools that are comparable to the system.

For example, he said Roanoke City Schools is comparable size-wise to BCS.

Roanake City Schools had 35.56 percent categorized as proficient or higher on the reading test; 41.87 percent scoring at or higher than proficient on the math test; and 29.33 percent proficient or higher on the science portion.

While looking at the numbers, Varner said that while the numbers are still in red, the numbers have improved over the last three years. They have improved in reading and math, but held steady in science, according to the report card.

At Escambia County, their numbers have held steady over the last three years.

Escambia County Schools Superintendent John Knott said the numbers from this report are raw data from the ASPIRE test.

He said that school systems are supposed to teach to mastery of the course standards, but that the ASPIRE does not measure that.

“The data reported you have to take into account that it is not based on 100-point scale,” he said. “There’s no way to take one grade and measure everything.”