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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EVER SINCE FLORES: A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS

Arizona’s students identified as English Language Learners are declining on crucial achievement measures since 2000, and are faring worse than their counterparts in neighboring border states of California, New Mexico and Texas. This blog is Part Two of our series that explored significant events and trends in the education of Arizona’s English Language Learners since the […]

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EVER SINCE FLORES: THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN ARIZONA

A TWO-PART LOOK AT THE DATA BEHIND ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN ARIZONA Eleven years ago, nearly 20 percent of Arizona’s public students were not proficient in English – meaning their primary language was non-English. Today, between 4-7 percent of our students are classified as not proficient in English. These statistics seem puzzling, given Arizona is a […]

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