The Torchbearer Schools Award Program was created to recognize high-poverty, high-performing public schools in Alabama. To be eligible for this award during the 2013-2014 school year, schools must have at least 80 percent poverty rate and must be among the top 20 percent band of the state using proficiency Levels III and IV on state assessments and meet additional criteria listed below.
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Criteria for Rewards 2013-2014
(Based on 2012-2013 Test Results)
In order to be in the Torchbearer Schools category (i.e., a high-poverty, high-performing school), a school must meet all of the following, as applicable:
- Have at least 80 percent poverty rate (percent free/reduced meals).
- Must be among the top 20 percent band of the state using proficiency of the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT+), the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE), and Alabama Alternate Assessment (AAA) from 2012-2013 for Level III and for Level IV.
- Have above the state average of students scoring Level IV on both the reading and the mathematics sections of the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT+).
- Have at least 95 percent participation rate in the “all students” subgroup and all applicable Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) subgroups.
- Have at least 95 percent of twelfth-grade students pass all required subjects of the Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE).
- Have a graduation rate above the state average (high schools).
- Not a Priority School.
- Not a Focus School.
- Be in existence at the time of the award.
- 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).
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Upcoming Professional Study Reviews
Applications received by:
· Dec. 2, 2014 will be reviewed Dec. 16, 2014.
· Jan. 13, 2015 will be reviewed Jan. 27, 2015.
· Feb. 10, 2015 will be reviewed Feb. 24, 2015.