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Alabama Department of Youth Services (DYS) Schools is a school district in Alabama.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Alabama school district websites

The good

  • Contact information for all of the Administrative officials is provided[1].
  • Annual financial reports, including budget information through fiscal year 2009, are listed for past years. A complete break-down of revenue sources is not provided.[2]
  • School Board meeting dates are included in the district calendar.[3]

The bad

  • No School Board meeting information.
  • No School Board members information.
  • Teacher contracts are not posted on the district website, but a link is provided to employment applications through the Alabama Department of Education.[4]
  • Vendor contracts are not posted on the district website, although the main website includes an "Intent to Contract" section for Request for Proposals. Vendor information can be found on the Alabama State website.[5]
  • No mention of lobbyists.
  • No way to request public records under the Alabama Public Records Law.
  • No information on academic performance.
  • No background check information.

School board

Information about the Alabama Department of Youth Services School Board in not available.

The Alabama Public School System is supervised by the Alabama State Board of Education. The Board President is Governor Bob Riley and the State Superintendent is the Board’s Chief Executive Officer.[6]

Current Board of Education members include:

Member District Term Term Expires
Bob Riley, President
Joseph Morton, State Superintendent of Education, Secretary and Executive Officer
Randy McKinney, Vice President District 1 2nd 2013
Betty Peters District 2 1st 2011
Stephanie Bell District 3 2nd 2013
Ethel Hall, Vice President Emerita District 4 2nd 2011
Ella Bell District 5 2nd 2013
David F. Byers, Jr. District 6 2nd 2011
Gary Warren District 7 2013
Mary Jane Caylor, President Pro Tem District 8 2011


In the 2008-2009 academic year the Alabama Department of Youth Services School fund totaled $95,487,427. End-of-year expenditures totaled $94,146,375.[2]

Academic Performance

The Alabama Department of Education's Student Assessment Program tests students K – 12 in core content areas of reading, mathematics, language, and science, including specialist populations such as special education students and limited English proficient students.[7]

The Alabama Accountability Program sets Annual Measurable Objectives for schools and school systems. To achieve Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward system goals, schools must score at or above the set objectives and have at least a 95% participation rate amongst students. Students are tested in reading and mathematics. A school that misses AYP in the same area for two consecutive years is identified as In Improvement.[8]

AYP results for the State of Alabama are noted below.[9] Results for individual schools within each district can be accessed through the Accountability Reporting Query System on the Alabama State Department of Education website, although AYP results for the Alabama Department of Youth Services Schools are not available on the Alabama Department of Education website.[10]

State of Alabama Reading Scores 2009-2010[9]- Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level

Grade Level I Level II Level III Level IV
3rd 0.67% 12.75% 32.55% 54.04%
4th 0.29% 13.02% 30.83% 55.86%
5th 0.72% 13.63% 31.68% 53.96%
6th 0.41% 13.45% 27.00% 59.13%
7th 0.37% 16.61% 37.07% 45.95%
8th 1.14% 25.35% 36.72% 36.79%

State of Alabama Math Scores 2009-2010[9] - Percent of Students in Each Achievement Level

Grade Level I Level II Level III Level IV
3rd 4.34% 15.53% 29.05% 51.08%
4th 2.05% 16.69% 28.17% 53.09%
5th 0.56% 16.83% 33.20% 49.41%
6th 0.07% 22.99% 40.91% 36.03%
7th 0.03% 31.21% 39.35% 29.41%
8th 0.01% 21.37% 53.03% 25.59%

Level I - Does Not Meet Academic Content Standards.

Level II - Partially Meets Academic Content Standards.

Level III - Meets Academic Content Standards.

Level IV - Exceeds Academic Content Standards.

State of Alabama AYP Results 2009-2010*[9]

District Made AYP?
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The Alabama Education Association (AEA) is the teachers union for the State of Alabama.[11] The AEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (NEA).[12]

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