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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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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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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If Not Now, When Will We Improve the Data Used in Our Schools’ Letter Grades?

In 2012, the Center for Student Achievement released School Ratings: Improving The Data In Data-Driven Decision Making where we examined the relationship between Arizona’s A-F school letter grades and the level of poverty in a school.  We found that a school’s letter grade is highly and negatively correlated with the percentage of its students who […]

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