Four Baldwin County schools to receive $20,000 from state for reading gains


The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) recently announced that 50 schools across the state would share $1 million allotted by the Alabama Legislature during the 2018 legislative session, including four schools in Baldwin County.

50 schools across the state will receive this earmarked funding are recognized for their efforts in showing the most improvement in last year’s third grade reading results.

Fairhope Elementary, Silverhill School, Spanish Fort Elementary and Swift Elementary were the four Baldwin County schools recognized.

Divided evenly, each school selected will receive a $20,000 check from the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) as a way of recognizing and incentivizing teachers and students who have worked hard to achieve proficiency in reading by the third grade in last year’s Scantron Performance Series Reading Assessment. The schools selected for the top 50 in third Grade reading growth are identified below and listed by Alabama State Board of Education District, of which there are eight in Alabama. 

There will be a special recognition and awards ceremony on Thursday, September 13, at the ALSDE after the September Alabama State Board of Education meeting. Governor Kay Ivey, Alabama legislators, and other dignitaries will be on hand to personally congratulate all 50 schools.

Baldwin County Superintendent Eddie Tyler said he was proud of the system for having four schools in the Top 50.

“I am just ecstatic about this news and the direction the school system is headed in,” Tyler said. “I’ve extended my congratulations to these schools, but I’m congratulating our communities, too, because together we are making a difference for children and that is what it’s all about. We have much more good news to come for this school system.”