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Una's Kilby Laboratory School Maintains 99 On State Report Card For Third Year

Oct. 24, 2019

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at media@una.edu, 256.765.4392 or 256.606.2033

Michelle Eubanks, UNA, at meubanks@una.edu, 256-606-2033 or 256-765-4392 FLORENCE, AL - Kilby Laboratory School, on the University of North Alabama campus, has received its third consecutive 99 out of a possible 100 on the Alabama State Department of Education report card. With this designation, Kilby maintains the record for the highest-scoring elementary school in Lauderdale County. It is further distinguished as Alabama's only laboratory school. Of the state's 1,247 schools, Kilby, which offers pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, and Cahaba Elementary School, in Trussville, have both received scores of 99 during the past three years. "For Kilby to receive a 99 on the state report card for the third consecutive year is both rewarding and a relief in my role as director," said Dr. Eric Kirkman, the Director of Kilby School as well as an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Human Sciences. "The previous director did an outstanding job here, so I knew I was following in some giant footsteps. We were able to maintain one of the highest scores in the state, which speaks volumes to the incredible faculty at Kilby, along with a culture of excellence and high expectations for every student." Students in the College of Education and Human Sciences (COEHS) spend time at Kilby, working alongside faculty and students as they prepare for their careers. "As Alabama's only public laboratory school, the faculty of Kilby are uniquely positioned to support UNA's teacher candidates in making a positive impact on P-12 students learning and development," said Dr. Katie Kinney, Dean of the COEHS. "In an extremely challenging national and state environment surrounding the recruitment and retention of teachers to the profession, Kilby Laboratory School is a shining example for the preparation and mentoring of future educators." Scores are determined based on percentages of the state's academic growth, graduation rates, progress in English language proficiency, chronic absenteeism, college and career readiness, and academic achievement. Scores were released by the Alabama State Department of Education earlier this month. About The University of North Alabama The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I's ASUN Big South Conference. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: www.una.edu and www.una.edu/unaworks