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Sylacauga City Schools achieves solid progress, raises state report card score to above-average level

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SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Sylacauga City Schools (SCS) is reflecting on its academic achievements as the district’s overall score climbed to 84 in the 2022-2023 state report card, marking a solid B average. This two-point improvement over the prior year’s assessment places SCS ahead of the statewide average of 83.

Dr. Michele Eller, Superintendent of SCS, credited the dedication of students, teachers, and administrators for the district’s success.

“We have great people in place to provide the support and training at all levels for student success, and that is our targeted focus, for each student to be successful,” Eller remarked. “We celebrate the progress we are making and are committed to continual improvement and growth in student achievement.”

All Sylacauga schools secured a B rating, with noteworthy advancements seen in both elementary schools. Pinecrest Elementary stood out with substantial growth, soaring from 74 to 82.

In addition to the overall improvement, SCS reported gains in College and Career Readiness Indicators (CRI), graduation rate, academic achievement, and academic growth. The CRI score increased from 76 percent to 78.57 percent, while the graduation rate rose from 88.67 percent to 89.88 percent.

Despite these triumphs, chronic absenteeism remains a concern, with a score of 24.29 percent in 2022-2023 compared to 22.66 percent in the previous year.

Eller expressed gratitude for the hard work and emphasized a continued commitment to excellence, stating, “While we celebrate these successes, the teachers, administrators, instructional coaches, and students continue to work very hard to reach new heights in achievement. Our investment in the success of our students is an investment in the future of Sylacauga. With our continual focus on these five areas, we can be sure we are equipping everyone for excellence.”


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