Improving the schools in Birmingham is a massive challenge, but a key to attacking a cultural cycle perpetuating poverty.
When Birmingham City Schools educators administered an ACT practice test to all juniors and seniors in January, 978 students either signed their names and turned the test in blank or didn't show up at all.
The test is important not only because it is now the State’s “measuring stick” for college and career readiness, but the test is also a major step forward on the journey toward college attendance.
Birmingham City Schools' Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department has a goal of ensuring that all students are college and career ready. As a result, in preparation for the ASPIRE, ACT plus Writing, ASA and End of Course Assessments, the district implemented a Kaplan lead ACT Middle and High Saturday school program.