The Alabama Accountability Act requires the state department of education to identify "failing" schools.
After several false starts, the list is now public and includes 78 schools, 72 of which ranked in the bottom six percent of all schools in three of the last six years. The other six came from schools that qualified to apply for federal School Improvement Grants.
Let's only look at the 72 schools since this is comparing apples to apples.
There are 47 middle and junior high schools, 15 high schools and 10 elementary schools. No surprises here. Middle schools are always a challenge.