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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ARIZONA SCHOOLS LEAD THE NATION IN GROWTH ON NATIONAL SCIENCE EXAM

Arizona’s fourth grade students led the nation in points gained on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science exam, according to results released this week by the National Center for Education Statistics. While we found good news:  Arizona is leading the nation in growth and reduction in the achievement gap between white students and […]

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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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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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Move On When Reading? Keeping the Bar Low (Until 2017)

While it is an urban myth[i] that prison population projections are based on the number of third graders that cannot read — a connection exists between incarceration and failure to read. A student not reading by the end of third grade is four times less like to graduate, and high school dropouts were 63 times […]

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The Disconnect Between Student Funding and School Letter Grades

School finance has been the topic of lively debate in Arizona, recently.  Parents, school leaders, and politicians from both political parties have openly expressed their concern over years of budget cuts, while newspapers continue to report school funding as a major concern of educators, expressed at the Superintendent’s “We Are Listening” tour.  Add to that […]

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Quality Seats in Arizona Increasing Over Time

The Center for Student Achievement believes education leads to opportunities in life, and we work hard to make data transparent and actionable. As we look at Arizona’s A-F accountability system, we are asking whether our students are in quality seats. For our purposes, a student is enrolled in a quality seat if they attend a Tier I school […]

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