2017 AzMERIT INTERACTIVE DASHBOARD – HOW DID YOUR SCHOOL DO?

If you are one of the many Arizonans wondering what to make of last month’s release of the 2017 AzMERIT results, then the Center for Student Achievement’s school-by-school dashboard will help to provide meaningful context. The dashboard ranks each school in Arizona based on overall pass rates in Mathematics and English Language Arts, and results […]

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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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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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