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Hoover City Schools District Highlights Post-Pandemic Academic Successes

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(Hoover, AL) - The Hoover City Schools District (HCS) is once again celebrating our students' post-pandemic learning gains in math and reading. In collaboration with the Center for Education Policy Research, esteemed researchers from Stanford and Harvard Universities have released the latest Education Recovery Scorecard. According to the national study, HCS students have consistently outpaced the nation in academic growth since 2019, a testament to the dedication and resilience of administrators, teachers, staff, students, and parents. HCS Superintendent Dr. Kevin Maddox expressed his pride in the phenomenal accomplishment.

Dr. Maddox said, “Our schools have remained diligent and intentional in recovering from the learning losses and returning to pre-pandemic academic levels. The dedication and hard work of our students, teachers, administrators, and families have once again yielded remarkable results. We are thrilled to see our students thriving and exceeding expectations in their academic achievements. As we celebrate these achievements, we remain steadfast in providing every student with the resources needed to continue to succeed academically and beyond."

During the Hoover Board of Education (HBOE) meeting on Tuesday, March 12, HCS Chief Learning Officer Dr. Chris Robbins presented results from the 2023 Education Recovery Scorecard. The study utilizes data from national assessments (Nation’s Report Card) and state assessments (ACAP in Alabama) to compare post-pandemic learning loss and ensuing recovery at the district level across the country and how districts have made substantial progress toward academic recovery. 

The Education Recovery Scorecard compares learning levels in terms of months and years of learning. For example, +1.0 equals one year of learning. According to the Scorecard, in math, HCS students are over a year and a half ahead of the nation (1.53) in learning gains. 

Dr. Robbins said, “Last year, Hoover City Schools students were a year and a third (1.32), and in 2019, they were a year and a quarter (1.23). So, our growth has increased over the last two years compared to the other districts in the study. ACAP data shows that HCS students have had higher math growth since 2021 (+14%) than any comparable school district.”   

In English Language Arts (ELA), since the reading subtest in Alabama slightly changed in format and sections, the study couldn’t compare ELA from 2023 to 2022, so no data is available. However, ACAP data shows that HCS has had higher ACAP growth since 2021 than any other local or comparable school district (+7%), and the District is currently eighth in the state in overall ELA proficiency.

One of the critical takeaways Dr. Robbins shared with the HBOE is that mid-year formative assessment data from January indicates a comparable percentage of students who are on track to meet their growth targets this year, repeating last year’s data. Dr. Robbins says HCS students continue to make uncommon gains compared to area districts, our state, and the nation. 

“It’s one thing for your own data to show gains, but it’s entirely another for an outside party to notice and publish your successes,” said Dr. Robbins. “Hoover City Schools teachers and students have much to celebrate from 2023 as well as mid-year 2024, but we are not finished yet.”

Alabama is notably recognized in the Education Recovery Scorecard as the only state where math achievement has returned to pre-pandemic levels. HCS stands out among success stories for overall positive outcomes and significant learning gains. The Education Recovery Scorecard includes 3,700 districts across 29 states and Washington, D.C.

Our students’ outstanding performance underscores the district's commitment to fostering a supportive learning environment conducive to academic growth. While the district celebrates our exceptional progress and achievements, Dr. Robbins affirmed, “As our district achieves higher and higher, gains will be more difficult to sustain - the growth curve will be steeper. But, with the support of the Hoover Board of Education, our principals and teachers, and our entire Hoover community, we will continue to make gains. It’s going to take all of us to sustain these gains.”

Click here to read the news release from the Center for Education Policy Research.