SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Sylacauga City Schools earned an 87 on its report card released by the Alabama State Department of Education.
Sylacauga City Schools attributes the five point gain from last year is to the academic growth at all schools and the graduation rate. Over 96 percent of students across the district surpassed the standards for growth on standardized tests, and the graduation rate exceeded 95 percent. Other categories evaluated on the report card were academic achievement measured by test scores, college and career readiness, and chronic absenteeism.
According to superintendent Dr. Jon Segars, an area of strength and continuous evolution is college and career readiness. Last year, forty-two percent of Sylacauga’s graduates earned credit for at least one college course, and 44 percent earned workforce credentials in a career field. The career pathways offered by the district are business, human services, health sciences, and multiple branches of technology to include computer science, pre-engineering, and audio/visual production. The district provides career and technical education courses in grades 3 – 12, and students in the middle and high school grades have nearly 50 different course offerings from which to choose. In partnership with several colleges, students in grades 10 – 12 also are afforded dual enrollment opportunities in career pathways and in core academic courses.
Segars said, “We are excited about the jump in report card scores for our schools and the five point increase to an 87 overall for the district. While a B is good, our goal is an A, and the key is constant support of our main effort: the classroom teacher. I am encouraged by the move and congratulate all our employees and this great community for taking this system to a new level of excellence.”