High-poverty schools and middle schools dominated the list of schools designated as failing under criteria established by the Alabama Accountability Act, a controversial school choice law approved by lawmakers in the recent legislative session.
Superintendent Tommy Bice, who has been critical of the way the law assigns failing status, said the list is a mixed bag. Some schools have been on a downward decline, while others schools should be considered models for turning themselves around, he said.
"It's really a continuum of schools. We have schools on the list that have actually shown a negative trajectory over the last six years -- which are the schools that we should be the most concerned about and we are," Bice said.