EXCELLENCE IN THE PHOENIX URBAN CORE

By Eileen Sigmund and Lisa Graham Keegan Newly released AzMERIT data show a spectacular picture of what excellence — and emerging excellence — looks like. Take the Phoenix urban core as an example. There are 219 schools serving nearly 130,000 students. When looking at the top 20 public schools that performed the best in math, we […]

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NET GAINS – CHARTER GROWTH WITHIN SCHOOL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES, PART I

Where has Arizona’s charter school movement grown in the last decade? We found that Tucson Unified School District saw the most new charter schools within its borders, gaining 19, while Queen Creek Unified School District gained the most charter students, increasing by 5,286[1]. In Part 1 of our series, we analyzed the net gain of charter schools […]

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THE CONUNDRUM OF MEASURING SCHOOL QUALITY: RAISE ACHIEVEMENT OR CLOSE THE GAP?

Results of the 2015 AzMERIT testing data show that students in charter schools consistently outperform students in district schools, across all racial and ethnic groups. But does the higher student achievement lead to a closing of the achievement gap between different groups of students? The Center’s analysis shows that the differences in achievement of student […]

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WILL THE PUBLIC HAVE A SAY IN ARIZONA SCHOOLS’ NEXT ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM?

Rating Arizona’s 2,015 public schools with a label of A-F helps the community identify the quality of the school.  Letter grades were assigned from 2012-2014 and suspended in 2015 and 2016 as Arizona students transitioned to a new statewide test.  Letter grades are based, in part, on how students perform on Arizona’s statewide test. To […]

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A FIRST LOOK AT AzMERIT: MORE TEST RESULTS THAN STUDENTS

Arizona’s new state test, AzMERIT, shifts high school testing from a tenth grade exam to end-of-course assessments in grades nine through eleven.  This shift presents new challenges and opportunities for policy makers to consider when building a state accountability system. These dynamics will likely play out in a variety of ways when calculating percent passing […]

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FROM POVERTY TO POLICY: FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH POPULATIONS IN ARIZONA

The Center for Student Achievement reviewed the poverty rates of Arizona students over the past six years, and we found that a greater percentage of students are enrolled in schools with higher concentrations of poverty. In addition to a statewide analysis, the Center analyzed the results by school type (charter/district). The most striking difference between […]

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