ARE DISTRICT ATTENDANCE ZONES OBSOLETE?

By Kelly Powell and Ildi Laczko-Kerr A new study[1] that examines student enrollment patterns in Maricopa County found that about 37 percent of district students participate in open enrollment. Given that Arizona school choice options also include public charter schools, the Center for Student Achievement expanded the findings[2] to include charter enrollment data for the […]

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2017 AzMERIT INTERACTIVE DASHBOARD – HOW DID YOUR SCHOOL DO?

If you are one of the many Arizonans wondering what to make of last month’s release of the 2017 AzMERIT results, then the Center for Student Achievement’s school-by-school dashboard will help to provide meaningful context. The dashboard ranks each school in Arizona based on overall pass rates in Mathematics and English Language Arts, and results […]

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ARIZONA EIGHTH GRADE MATH PERFORMANCE – A MORE COMPLETE PICTURE

By Dr. Ildi Laczko-Kerr and Kelly Powell This past fall, when the statewide results of the 2016 AzMERIT exam were published, the eighth grade math test pass rate was pegged at 26 percent. Though this figure is true for the students who took the general eighth grade math exam, it does not represent all eighth […]

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THE ALGEBRA OPTION IN ARIZONA

By Kelly Powell Governor Ducey identified proficiency in algebra skills by the end of eighth grade as a strategic goal for Arizona to ensure a world-class, 21st century education in his “Education Matters Arizona” initiative. But according to 2014 data, Arizona ranks 37th in the percentage of students in seventh and eighth grade enrolled in an […]

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ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS: JUST THE FACTS

As the debate over a new accountability system for Arizona rages on, alternative schools across the state are facing the unknown for how their educational philosophies and outcomes will be measured in the years to come. Alternative school accountability methods are anticipated in August 2017, but who are these alternative schools, and whom are they […]

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ARIZONA RANKS 49TH IN EDUCATION FUNDING – HOW DID WE GET HERE?

While acknowledging Arizona K-12 funding is low compared to the national average, Governor Ducey in his state of the state provided policymakers 15 points to make Arizona more competitive for our educators and students. But how low is our per-pupil funding compared to other states? And how long have we ranked near the bottom of […]

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