Professional Development Made the Difference for Shelby County Schools

Columbiana, AL

Alabama District Improves Literacy with Data and Professional Development

Alabama’s Shelby County Schools (SCS) is a district of approximately 9,000 Grades K–5 students. When Alabama passed the Alabama Literacy Act in 2019, which requires every school district to use a diagnostic assessment to measure early literacy, SCS began looking for a program that provided more than just an isolated assessment. With the implementation of i-Ready, SCS soon built a strong data culture that’s led to student learning growth.


“Once we got all of the components—the [Teacher] Toolbox, the instructional path, and the Diagnostic—we felt like we had it all. But what has made the difference in this program for us would be the quality professional development piece.” Lynn Carroll, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction/Deputy Superintendent