Professional Learning Made the Difference for Shelby County Schools

Columbiana, AL

Alabama District Improves Literacy with Data and Professional Learning

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 [learning] piece.” Lynn Carroll, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction/Deputy Superintendent