Science and Mathematics School Rankings Expand to Alabama

For the first time in the organization’s history, CHILDREN AT RISK’s Public School Rankings have expanded beyond Texas’ borders. In February 2012, the Alabama Science and Mathematics Rankings, sponsored by El Paso Corporation’s Southern Natural Gas, were released across the state of Alabama.

These rankings, which encompass 348 public high schools, shed light on which Alabama high schools are doing the best job of preparing their students for college and careers in math- and science-related fields. Schools are measured on nine indicators, including average ACT scores, advanced math and science course offerings, and performance on the Alabama High School Exit Exam. The results present a diverse picture of math and science education across the state. As in Texas, some schools excel, while others struggle to provide their students with a challenging math and science education.

Through the Alabama Math and Science School Rankings, CHILDREN AT RISK aims to promote the transparent use of data and spark dialogue in Alabama’s public education community. The goal of these rankings is to shed light on which high schools are doing the best job of preparing their students for college and careers with a math and science focus.

Importance of Science and Mathematics Education

According to the latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), America’s eighth graders perform above the international average in mathematics. However, very few American students (6%) score at the advanced level, and a number of other nations significantly outperform the U.S. on this measure. It is essential for America’s students to be well-grounded in science and mathematics. According to a recent Georgetown University study, science- and mathematics-related jobs are projected to be the second-fastest growing workforce cluster over the next decade, with 2.4 million jobs opening up in this field [1].

RESULTS

Alabama’s Top 25 High Schools in Science and Mathematics are:

1. Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School, Montgomery County
2. Mountain Brook High School, Jefferson County
3. Bob Jones High School, Madison County
4. Shades Valley High School, Jefferson County
5. Hoover High School, Jefferson County
6 Auburn High School, Lee County
7. Vestavia Hills High School, Jefferson County
8. Spain Park High School, Shelby County
9. Homewood High School, Jefferson County
10. Huntsville High School, Madison County
11. Ramsay High School, Jefferson County
12. Oak Mountain High School, Shelby County
13. Virgil Grissom High School, Madison County
14. New Century Technology High School, Madison County
15. Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School, Montgomery County
16. Pisgah High School, Jackson County
17. Northview High School, Houston County
18. Oxford High School, Calhoun County
19. Linden High School, Marengo County
20. Murphy High School, Mobile County
21. Talladega County Central High School, Talladega County
22. Pleasant Home School, Covington County
23. Woodland High School, Randolph County
24. Northridge High School, Tuscaloosa County
25. Ranburne High School, Cleburne County

Three Gold Ribbon Schools, where over 90% of their students are considered economically disadvantaged, were recognized for their excellent performance in science and mathematics education:

1. Linden High School, Linden City Schools
2. Talladega County Central High School, Talladega County Schools
3. George Washington Carver High School, Birmingham City Schools

In the Greater Birmingham area, the Top 10 High Schools in Science and Mathematics are:

1. Mountain Brook High School, Mountain Brook City Schools
2. Shades Valley High School, Jefferson County Schools
3. Hoover High School, Hoover City Schools
4. Vestavia Hills High School, Vestavia Hills City Schools
5. Spain Park High School, Hoover City Schools
6. Homewood High School, Homewood City Schools
7. Ramsay High School, Birmingham City Schools
8. Oak Mountain High School, Shelby County Schools
9. George Washington Carver High School, Birmingham City Schools
10. Clay-Chalkville High School, Jefferson County Schools

PARTNERS

A huge thanks to our partners, El Paso Corporation’s Southern Natural Gas, for their sponsorship of this project and committment to excellent science and mathematics education.

RESOURCES

CHILDREN AT RISK 2012 Alabama High School Science and Mathematics Rankings

CHILDREN AT RISK 2012 Alabama High School Science and Mathematics Rankings – Excluded Schools

CHILDREN AT RISK 2012 Alabama High School Science and Mathematics Rankings – Methodology

SOURCES

Carnevale, Anthony P et.al. (2011). STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. Center on Education and the Workforce. Georgetown University. Available at http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/stem-execsum.pdf. Accessed Feb. 8, 2012.

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