GO WEST, YOUNG STUDENTS: ARIZONA’S GROWTH SINCE THE 80’s

Most Arizonans know that the state has experienced rapid growth over the past several decades. With 1.1 million students, Arizona’s public school population was the 13th largest in the nation in 2015, the most recent year reported. But just how quickly have student populations risen, relative to other states? We found that Arizona’s K-12 public […]

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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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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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PROPORTIONAL GAINS – CHARTER GROWTH WITHIN SCHOOL DISTRICT BOUNDARIES, PART II

What does the growth of Arizona’s charter school movement mean for local control? School choice (in its broadest definition) decreases the number of voters with an immediate investment in the passage of local taxation questions because these parents no longer have a direct benefit from passing a bond and override in their local school district. […]

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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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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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Oh, the Places They’ll Go: Charters and County Choice

Arizona charter student enrollment has increased from nine percent of all Arizona students in 2006 to 15 percent of students in 2015, an increase of nearly 74,000 students.  Given the significant growth in the charter sector, most counties saw an increase in the total number of students enrolled in charter schools. However, not all counties […]

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Oh, the Places They’ll Go: Enrollment Trends Since 2007

The Center’s first look at statewide enrollment trends over the last nine years shows that despite the overall growth in K-12 enrollment, nine of the fifteen counties in the state have seen an overall decline in student enrollment. Perhaps not surprisingly, Maricopa County saw the greatest increase in the number of students, adding 62,537 students. […]

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Charter Student Enrollment Increases

Despite a tumultuous legislative session that had significant impacts on charter schools, charter student enrollment continues to rise. Initial estimates indicate that an additional 10,000 students attend a charter school this year, which is a 6.3 percent increase. During the 2015 session, the Arizona Legislature passed two significant policies directly impacting charter schools – policies […]

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A Closer Look at Arizona’s Largest Charter Organizations

The Arizona Legislature recently ended its 2015 session and one of the more significant pieces of education policy to emerge from it is the recognition of charter school “networks,” or groups of affiliated charter school organizations.  In short, the Legislature has determined that charter schools that are part of a network should be treated as […]

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