The meeting started around 10:45 a.m. All board members were present with the exception of Betty Peters. Here is the agenda. Item 4, the Local School Board Governance item, was removed because the “Department of Justice hasn’t approved it yet”. An item regarding setting emergency rules for the physical testing of school bus drivers was added.
Four-Year Cohort 2011 Graduation Rate
The “Four-Year Cohort 2011 Graduation Rate” (a.k.a., the dropout rate) was first up. Rules changed a few years ago that mandated each state calculate the graduation rate in the same way: the percentage of students who graduated from high school four years after entering the ninth grade. The details of the calculation are here. This is the first time this calculation has been completed, and is based on the 2011 graduating class in Alabama. Continue reading