National report shows Alabama on right path with AMSTI

Alabama public schools{}are on track to better equip students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math according to a national report released Wednesday. The 2012 Vital Signs report says Alabama is "raising the bar" by joining 44 other states and adopting rigorous math standards for K-12 students with the implementation of the new Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.

In 2011, Alabama received its first report from{}a non-partisan, CEO-led commission known as Change the Equation. The state fared well in areas of student achievement in fourth and eighth grade mathematics and in student engagement in science. The state's AMSTI program - Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative gets much of the credit.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice says the state's PLAN 2020, Alabama's newly passed reform plan for public education, "addresses the majority of recommendations and areas of improvement needed."

Areas of concern for the future include raising the bar on state tests, focusing on erasing the achievement gap among subgroups of students, and improving preparation for college.