A Look of the ACT Aspire Scores of TCS Students in Poverty
In an effort to provide the community a better understanding of academic achievement data based on the 2015 administration of the ACT Aspire, the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce commissioned an independent review of the Tuscaloosa City Schools and the Tuscaloosa County School System test for third through eighth-grade students. The Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) compared the scores of students identified as living in poverty (based on free/reduced lunch) to their classmates without the same identification.
Results show that Nearly half of Tuscaloosa City Schools students are living in poverty. PARCA's analysis shows that this group of students is performing behind their peers.