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Alba's Report Card
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Thursday, February 01, 2018
How did Alba Score on the State Report Card?



Dear Parents,  


Today, the Alabama Department of Education issued A-F Report Cards on all of its schools. Peter F. Alba Middle School received a letter grade of C. 


As you know and as the Alabama Department of Education acknowledged during the release, you cannot judge everything that is taking place at our school on one letter grade.  


Ninety-percent of our Report Card grade was based on last spring’s scores on the ACT Aspire. The state has quit administering the ACT Aspire because it did not align with the Alabama Course of Study. In other words, the test questions did not align with what we were expected to teach in the classroom. Yet, this is the test that was used to assign our school a letter grade. The other 10 percent is chronic absenteeism, which means that even excused absences for students who were sick or who needed to be out for medical reasons counted against us or who were out of school for a field trip.  


If you notice, the Report Card says “Prototype,” because it has not yet been approved by the U.S. Department of Education as an adequate measure of our schools.  


We are using data from the Report Card to identify strengths and weaknesses and as part of our School Improvement Plan.  


As you know, we have many great programs and successes at Alba Middle School.  

  • Alba was recognized as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School in 2017 

  • Alba offers advanced classes in every grade and subject area 

  • Alba is a Discovery Education Digital Literacy School 

  • Data indicates 87% of Alba’s eighth graders were on track to be college/career ready in 2016-2017 

  • Alba offers a variety of opportunities in sports, clubs, leadership, technology, and the arts 


You can help us raise our Report Card grade next year by letting your children know that they need to do their best on the standardized tests; by having your children in school every day that they are not sick; by volunteering at school and by asking your children regularly about what they are learning; and by making sure your children are doing their homework and putting in an effort every day in class.  


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  




Rhonda Mayfield, Principal 

Alba Middle School 


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