State: Alabama

Overview

Alabama
Your Guide to Data and Services for Alabama

SREB works with Alabama policymakers, colleges and schools to help them improve education. From this page, find independent, accurate data, reliable best practices and ways to share scarce resources — plus details on how Alabama uses SREB’s targeted programs and services.

Alabama Members of the Board

Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, Montgomery, ex officio (2019)
Alan Baker, State Representative, Brewton (2017)
Caroline Novak, President, A+ Education Partnership, Montgomery (2018)
Chuck Smith, Demopolis, Alabama (2019)
Vacancy (2020)

(Appointments to the Board are made by the Governor. Terms expire June 30 of the specified year.)

Alabama Members of the Legislative Advisory Council

Alan Baker, State Representative, Brewton
Dick Brewbaker, State Senator, Montgomery
Terri Collins, State Representative, Decatur
Randy Davis, State Representative, Daphne
Vivian Davis Figures, State Senator, Mobile
Trip Pittman, State Senator, Montrose
Rod Scott, State Representative, Fairfield

Publication June 20176 pages

Alabama
College Affordability Profile

To help policymakers assess and improve college affordability in their states, SREB provides tailored reports on the policies, programs and prices that drive affordability. Each member-state profile details net price at different types of institutions, state financial aid based on need or other factors, student borrowing, and percentage of family income needed to pay for college at different income levels.

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Publication June 201640 pages(16E07-AL)

Alabama: Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace

Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace is the seventh biennial report to SREB states on their progress in meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead goals for education. Each customized state report documents progress on both measurable outcomes and state policies. Through effective policy implementation, the goals can help states drive improvements in student achievement, high school graduation, college completion and workforce readiness.

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Publication May 20164 pages

Professional Learning
Alabama

SREB researchers gathered information on efforts in Alabama, particularly at the Alabama State Department of Education, to foster effective professional learning on the state’s college- and career-readiness standards, the Alabama College- & Career-Ready Standards. In collaboration with SREB states and national experts, SREB identified a set of expected state actions — “look-fors” — in four areas of state leadership in professional learning.

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In Alabama, High School to College Collaboration on Readiness
Community Colleges Partner with K-12 Schools to Get Ready

Kudos to the Alabama Department of Education and the Alabama Community College System for working together to increase student readiness among the state’s high school graduates.

Alabama is piloting the two SREB Readiness Courses to increase high school seniors’ preparedness for postsecondary studies, and the Alabama Community College System has endorsed the K-12 efforts.

Spotlight

Alabama Science Teacher Sets Higher Expectations Using Literacy Strategies

Reese Woytek Why did the deer cross the road? The usual answer to the joke is “to get to the other side.”

That question serves as a prompt for seventh-grade science students to start looking for answers through data-driven research and in-depth writing. Their teacher, Reese Woytek at Slocomb Middle School in Geneva County, Alabama, is using the instructional framework of the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC). He received his LDC training in 2015. The Southern Regional Education Board is training teachers across Alabama, and Woytek’s experience is a perfect example of how LDC strategies can change teacher focus and impact students.