At-Risk Students

State At-Risk Definition and Observable Indicators

At-Risk students shall be defined as those students who score at level 1 or level 2 (not proficient/partially proficient) in reading or mathematics on the current state assessments (ACT No. 2008-552) or students defined as at risk in the Code of Alabama (1975) §16-6B-3.

The ALSDE recognizes that students may be at risk of not experiencing school success and are in danger of school failure and/or non-completion.  This may be due to situations, circumstances, and/or conditions (e.g., environment, family, and health) that they may have limited control.  By providing focused attention and assistance in identified areas of need, students will be given opportunities to experience school success.  Many of these students may be served at the local level through alternative programs.

Observable indicators used to identify students who are at risk may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Academics (e.g., poor reading skills, inadequate communication skills, readiness to learn, poor performance, low test scores or retention).
  • Attendance (e.g., excessive tardiness and/or absences, truancy, or dropouts).
  • Behavior (e.g., inadequate social/emotional adjustment, discipline problems, or juvenile court involvement).
  • Environment (e.g., family, school or community issues such as adverse or chronic health conditions, attempted suicide, homelessness, limited literacy in family, poverty, student neglect and/or abuse, student pregnancy/parenthood, substance abuse, traumatic experiences).