Alabama Department of Education

Higher Education Performance Report

Introduction

The Alabama public school system (prekindergarten through grade 12) operates within districts governed by locally elected school boards and superintendents. In 2013 Alabama had 744,637 students enrolled in a total of 1,637 schools in 173 school districts. There were 51,877 teachers in the public schools, or roughly one teacher for every 14 students, compared to the national average of 1:16. There was roughly one administrator for every 290 students, compared to the national average of one administrator for every 295 students. On average Alabama spent $8,755 per pupil in 2013, which ranked it 39th highest in the nation. The state's graduation rate was 80 percent in 2013

State Overview

Of the 98,454 schools in the United States, 89,031 were classified as regular schools. After regular schools, magnet schools and charter schools were the most prevalent non-traditional schools in the country, at 6,079 and 5,986, respectively. The table below breaks down each of the different types of schools in Alabama and nearby states. Also listed are the numbers of schools in each state that are classified as "Title I" schools. These are public schools that have been specially targeted to correct achievement gaps in public schools.[7]
In Alabama, there were 1,402 regular schools as of 2013. Alternative schools were the second most prevalent type of school in the state, with 119 schools classified as such.
Of the 98,454 schools in the United States, 89,031 were classified as regular schools. After regular schools, magnet schools and charter schools were the most prevalent non-traditional schools in the country, at 6,079 and 5,986, respectively. The table below breaks down each of the different types of schools in Alabama and nearby states. Also listed are the numbers of schools in each state that are classified as "Title I" schools. These are public schools that have been specially targeted to correct achievement gaps in public schools.

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