The Torchbearer Schools Program was created to recognize high-poverty, high-performing public schools in Alabama. To be eligible for a monetary reward, the Torchbearer School must make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years and meet additional criteria. (To print a complete list of 2012-2013 criteria, click here)
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Criteria for Rewards 2013-2014
(Based on 2012-2013 Test Results)
In order to be in the Torchbearer School category (i.e., a high-poverty, high-performing school), a school must meet all of the following, as applicable:
- Not a Priority School.
- Not a Focus School.
- Have at least 95% Participation Rate in the "all students" subgroup and all applicable ESEA subgroups.
- Have a Graduation Rate above the state average.
- Be in existence at the time of the award.
- Have at least 80% poverty rate (percent free/reduced meals).
- Have above state average of students scoring Level IV on both the reading and the mathematics sections of the ARMT+.
- Have at least 95% of Grade 12 students pass all required subjects of the AHSGE.
- Must be among the top 20% band of the state using proficiency of ARMT+, AHSGE, and Alabama Alternate Assessment from 2012-2013 for Level III and for Level IV.
- Poverty rate is rounded to the nearest whole number.
- Rounding is not used when determining if the criteria is met.
- Calculations include only students who are full academic year (September 1 to testing window).
- Partial credit is not given for Level II.
- Poverty rate is taken from the official fall SDE extract (20 days after Labor Day).
additional torchbearer resources
For more information contact:
Angela Mangum, Ph. D.
For information on Alabama's Blue Ribbon Schools, click here.
Upcoming Professional Study Reviews
Applications received by:
· Apr. 28, 2014 will be reviewed May 13, 2014.
· Jul. 8, 2014 will be reviewed Jul. 22, 2014.
· Sept. 9, 2014 will be reviewed Sept. 23, 2014.