Data on student performance has driven Alabama’s superintendent, Eric Mackey, Ed.S., to create a new vision for Alabama. Dr. Mackey is in the process of developing a new strategic plan that outlines three major goals for Alabama students: Excellent Readers; Excellence in Mathematics; and Healthy, Productive, Life-Long Learners. The new strategic plan will lay a strong foundation to meet all three major goals.
The Region 7 Comprehensive Center service delivery plan for Alabama is organized around three high-leverage problems and opportunities:
- Building on past successes in Grades PK–3 literacy to establish a renewed focus on building excellent readers by updated state policies to reflect current evidence-based reading practices and expanding and strengthening the state and regional literacy coaching cadre;
- Building on past work of the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative to improve teacher practices and student mathematics achievement through capacity building and coordination activities that promote and scale up effective mathematics practices, policies, and procedures; and
- Increasing access to effective teachers and leaders for the state’s growing population of English learner students through intensive technical assistance to support districts and schools in understanding and scaling up effective, evidence-based English learner practices, policies, and procedures.