The Alabama State Department of Education released its report cards on Thursday evening, showing grades for state school systems for the 2022-2023 school year.

The criteria vary from academic achievement, academic growth, progress in English, and graduation rates and takes into account absenteeism and career readiness.

Madison County has consistently proven throughout the past year's report cards to have some of the best schools in the state. However, this year, they managed to achieve slightly more in certain areas.

Madison County School System

2023 Overall grade was 89B, from 2022 88B

2023 Academic Achievement 71.21, from 2022 69.93

2023 Academic Growth 97.86, from 2022 100

2023 Graduation Rate 93.44, from 2022 95.19

2023 College and Career Readiness 84.47, from 2022 76.00

A statement from Madison County Schools' coordinator of student services Jennifer Whitt said, "Our dedicated teachers and staff at the local schools are the number one reason we are seeing so much progress. The expectations are high, and they are the people on the front lines going above and beyond to do the important work of educating students. The work is no longer just about teaching academics, it's also about making sure students are safe and supported physically and emotionally. They work tirelessly to build strong connections with students and families to ensure both basic and academic needs are being met. I could not be more proud and grateful for the incredible investment our local school employees are making in the future of Madison County."

Madison City School System

2023 Overall grade was 94A, from 2022 93A

2023 Academic Achievement 89.05, from 2022 85.50

2023 Academic Growth 100, from 2022 100

2023 Graduation Rate 95.05, from 2022 93.02

2023 College and Career Readiness 86.80, from 2022 84.75

Huntsville City School System

2023 Overall grade was 85B, from 2022 82B

2023 Academic Achievement 61.49, from 2022 58.61

2023 Academic Growth 96.91, from 2022 93.85

2023 Graduation Rate 91.61, from 2022 89.16

2023 College and Career Readiness 89.87, from 2022 90.05

When asked about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) offers by the schools, Whitt said, "As far as STEM is concerned: Our schools consistently seek out partnerships, grants, and resources to support providing opportunities for students to grow in STEM."

"Madison Cross Roads Elementary and Hazel Green High recently partnered with the MC Soil and Water Conservation District to provide opportunities for students to strengthen mastery of environmental science concepts," she added. "New Hope and Owen's Cross Roads partnered with the Huntsville Elks Lodge to raise more than $75,000 to send 113 students to Space Camp."

She concluded, "We have also had many local school teachers who have been recognized and received awards for their exceptional efforts in providing STEM opportunities for their students by companies like Huntsville Missile Defense Agency, TVA, Huntsville Utilities, and PPG Aerospace. Schools also offer extracurricular opportunities in robotics, cybersecurity, green power racing, and more."

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