Honors students from five high schools labeled as “failing” got together this week at Blount High School to show that the label doesn’t fit.
Students from Blount, Vigor, B.C. Rain, LeFlore and Williamson High Schools took part in the AP Academic Competition, an academic skills challenge that included a written exam component and also allowed students to work in teams to answer questions in a variety of subjects.
“This is an opportunity to showcase the excellence of students,” said D.H. Walton, School Improvement Administrative Officer for Mobile County Public Schools. “They’re not in failing schools. Did they have some hiccups on a test? Yes, they did. But they did not accept that title. What they’ve done is roll up their sleeves and started to work.
“The principals are working hard, teachers, assistant principals, parents, everyone has bought into: We must take this label from our names and become the students and the schools that we know we are.”
The Alabama Accountability Act requires that schools falling in the bottom 6 percent of schools statewide in scores on a single test – until this year, the ACT Aspire – be labeled as “failing.” It has been determined that the Aspire test does not align with the Alabama Course of Study and it was replaced this year with the ACT.
Vigor and B.C. Rain tied for top overall team honors at the competition. Students from Blount, LeFlore and Williamson were also among the category winners.