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Student interaction and interest in state level policies and programs are integral to the work of ALSDE and the goals of Alabama Ascending. Having a Student Advisory Council allows for direct input from our greatest stakeholder – the student.

The State Superintendent Student Advisory Council is a group of 16 middle or secondary school students who discuss how decisions are made at the state level and affect students throughout Alabama.

Applications for the 2017-18 State Superintendent Student Advisory Council were open through August 31.  Applications are no longer being accepted.

Students will be selected and notified by September 25.

This is the third year for the council and ALSDE is thankful to previous members who have worked diligently to inform the Alabama State Board of Education of the needs of students in our state.

To apply, students will fill out an online application and scan in and upload a letter of recommendation, following the instructions. No mailed applications will be accepted.


Members are chosen by a committee of Alabama State Department of Education and education organization representatives based on an approved rubric. Members will gather input from their district on students' needs or opinions on state-level policies or directives. Council members will meet two-three times throughout the school year. The State Superintendent will then bring agreed upon recommendations to the State Board of Education at a late spring 2018 work session.


Topics discussed by the student advisory council could include:
         - Technology needs
         - Teacher training
         - College- and career-readiness
         - Dropout rate
         - Student leadership
         - Graduation requirements
         - Testing
         - School climate
         - Career and technical education, or any variety of issues or concerns students have.