Arizona's K-12 Funding Formula

School Finance Infographic

In 2014, The Center for Student Achievement analyzed Arizona’s complex and outdated funding system and created a graphic to show how K-12 education is funded. Arizona provides funding to local school districts and independent charter holders, that, in turn, distribute resources to their school sites. This graphic shows the various sources of revenue that fund our public schools.

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Oh, the Places They’ll Go!

School Ratings: Improving the Data in Data Driven Decision Making

This study by the Center for Student Achievement shows the A-F letter grades fail to adequately control for the effect of poverty on measures of a school’s contribution to student learning. This finding has a significant impact on teachers and schools as policy makers put more emphasis on the labels for performance funding, teacher evaluations and other accountability measures. The relationship between poverty and indicators of achievement has long been a limitation of measurement in education. But, the inclusion of growth in an accountability formula is meant to erase, or mitigate, this limitation. In Arizona, we have student growth percentiles that allow student-level data to be linked across multiple years in order to measure the effect that a school or teacher has had on an individual student.

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Oh, the Places They’ll Go!

Arizona Public School Choice and Its Impact on Students

The Center for Student Achievement’s inaugural report found that charter schools are meeting a need for educational settings not widely available in district schools, and that the data contradict the common misconception that charter schools attract, or “skim” only higher performing students away from district schools. The report also found that nearly one-third of all students enrolled in a charter attend an A-rated school, but that too many charter students attend mid- or low- quality schools. The Center believes further research is needed to completely understand the impact of public school choices on students, and will publish a series of research papers that will further study the impact of school choice and quality public schools in Arizona.

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The Arizona Charter Schools Association's

Success Measured: Four Foundational Elements of Student-Level Growth

Success Measured, the Association’s first report, offers some valuable answers for educators to help achieve the goal of quality education for all students. The study utilized a rigorous research process to identify four foundational elements of student-level growth that schools — charter or district — must have in place to help students perform better academically. They include a leader with a purpose; teachers who take responsibility for the end result; a culture that promotes teamwork; and using data to solve problems.

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