Alabama Education and Schools

Profile on Alabama Education and Schools

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Education varies considerably from state to state as the Federal Government defers power in this area to individual states. This almost ensures that no two states follow the same blueprint when it comes to education and schools.  Policy dealing with such offers at least some variance among all states.  Highly debated education-related topics such as school vouchers, standardized testing, state standards, teacher evaluations, teacher tenure, and charter schools can create a vast divide between one state's educational policy compared to another.  These differences almost guarantee that a student in one state is receiving a different education than a student in neighboring states.

Local control also adds to this equation as individual district policy can create additional variance from district to district.  Local decisions on staffing, curriculum, and educational programs create opportunities unique to an individual district.  All of these variations can make it difficult to compare education and schools from state to state accurately. However, there are specific common data points available that can allow fair comparisons to be made. This profile on education and schools focuses on Alabama.

Alabama Education and Schools

Alabama State Superintendent of Schools

District/School Information

Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 school days is required by Alabama state law.

Number of Public School Districts: There are 134 public school districts in Alabama.

Number of Public Schools: There are 1619 public schools in Alabama. ****

Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 744,621 public school students in Alabama. ****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 47,723 public school teachers in Alabama.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 0 charter schools in Alabama.

Per Pupil Spending: Alabama spends $8,803 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In Alabama is 15.6 students per 1 teacher. ****

% of Title I Schools: 60.8% of schools in Alabama are Title I Schools.****

% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 10.7% of students in Alabama are on IEP's. ****

% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 2.4% of students in Alabama are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 57.4% of student in Alabama schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****

White: 58.1%

Black: 34.1%

Hispanic: 4.6%

Asian: 1.3%

Pacific Islander: 0.0%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.8%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 71.8% of all students entering high school in Alabama graduate. **

Average ACT/SAT score:

Average ACT Composite Score: 19.1***

Average Combined SAT Score: 1616*****

8th Grade NAEP Assessment Scores:****

Math: 267 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Alabama. The U.S. average was 281.

Reading: 259 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Alabama. The U.S. average was 264.

% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 63.2% of students in Alabama go on to attend some level of college. ***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 392 private schools in Alabama.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 74,587 private school students in Alabama.*


Number of Students Served Through Homeschooling: There were an estimated 23,185 students that were homeschooled in Alabama in 2015.#

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of Alabama was $47,949 in 2013.##

The state of Alabama has a teacher’s minimum salary schedule. However, some districts may negotiate salaries with their teachers.

The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in Alabama provided by the Butler County Public Schools.

*Data courtesy of Education Bug.

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***Data courtesy of PrepScholar.

******Data courtesy of The Commonwealth Foundation

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##Average salary courtesy of National Center of Education Statistics

###Disclaimer:  The information provided on this page changes frequently.  It will be updated regularly as new information and data become available.