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Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Test data: Reflects 2015 – 2016 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2015
  • Educational Environment: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   Only NeighborhoodScout gives you nationally comparable school ranks based on test scores, so you can directly compare the quality of schools in any location. Read more

Overview

Public Schools Overview Alabama School Districts by City
Number Of Students 744,164
Number Of Alabama Schools 1,509
Number Of Alabama School Districts 155
Spending Per Student $10,282

State Test Scores (No Child Left Behind Tests)

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

Reading/English Language Arts Tests Reading Proficiency
3rd Grade 35.133013112701
4th Grade 37.7593728129821
5th Grade 34.45933106758
6th Grade 42.6462774145639
7th Grade 34.4587846181496
8th Grade 43.8789065326715
10th Grade 57.0943330905553

Math Test

Math Tests Math Proficiency
3rd Grade 54.3400751489883
4th Grade 48.287409068439
5th Grade 43.4559230928318
6th Grade 49.8787472471877
7th Grade 33.786005519438
8th Grade 27.9408589320577
10th Grade 20.6175083016054

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 57.5% 52.0%
Black 34.0% 16.2%
Hispanic 6.3% 25.6%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 1.4% 5.1%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 0.9% 1.0%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 51.4% 50.9%
English Language Learners 2.5% 9.1%
Students With Disabilities 11.0% 13.0%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

Class Size
AVG FOR STATE 17.41
AVG FOR NATION 16.15

Alabama Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 4,858,979 321,418,820
Population Density (per sq. mile) 95 90
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 6.1% 6.3%
5-19 Years Old 19.6% 19.8%
20-44 Years Old 32.7% 33.5%
45-64 Years Old 26.7% 26.3%
65 Or Older 14.9% 14.1%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 1,848,325 115,879,889
Single Parent Households With Children 12.2% 11.2%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 84.3% 86.6%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 23.5% 29.7%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 6.1% 10.5%
$100,000 - $149,000 10.4% 13.2%
$75,000 - $99,999 10.9% 12.1%
$50,000 - $74,999 17.3% 17.8%
$30,000 - $49,999 19.7% 18.5%
$15,000 - $29,999 18.8% 15.5%
$15,000 or less 16.9% 12.4%

Education Expenditures

For The State Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $5,179 $3,853,779,893 50.4%
Support Expenditures
Student $528 $392,761,542 5.1%
Staff $386 $287,253,877 3.8%
General Administration $236 $175,496,358 2.3%
School Administration $561 $417,335,809 5.5%
Operation $860 $639,825,182 8.4%
Transportation $464 $345,007,579 4.5%
Other $202 $150,130,865 2.0%
Total Support $3,236 $2,407,871,455 31.5%
Non-instructional Expenditures $1,868 $1,389,957,875 18.2%
Total Expenditures $10,282 $7,651,610,684 100.0%
For The Nation Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $6,487 $324,898,990,964 51.7%
Support Expenditures
Student $587 $29,383,130,681 4.7%
Staff $483 $24,167,878,083 3.8%
General Administration $205 $10,285,419,511 1.6%
School Administration $601 $30,113,641,000 4.8%
Operation $1,035 $51,821,442,969 8.2%
Transportation $475 $23,793,258,876 3.8%
Other $376 $18,849,723,887 3.0%
Total Support $3,762 $188,414,761,533 30.0%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,296 $114,973,102,384 18.3%
Total Expenditures $12,545 $628,286,465,973 100.0%