Information Relating to AZ School Performance

Educating Arizona: Assessing Our Education System (Birth-Grade 12)
January 2008, Arizona Community Foundation
This report examines Arizona’s student performance and system indicators and concludes with seven suggestions for improving the schools in our state.

Lead with Five: Five Investments to Improve Arizona Education
Rodel Foundation, February 2005

Bridging the Grad Gap: Measuring the Economic Benefits of Educational Attainment in Arizona
Center for the Future of Arizona, September 2007
This report from the Center for the Future of Arizona examines the economic benefits of investing in higher education. Among their findings: “Earning an associate degree or occupational certificate can nearly double earnings relative to those of employed dropouts. The economic gain in per capita income for high school graduates with an associate degree or an occupational certificate over the income of employed high school dropouts is $16,597…”

“Annual per capita income for Arizona high school graduates with a two-year associate degree or occupational certificate is $8,766 more than that for employed high school graduates. The economic advantage of a high school diploma (with no continuing education studies) is $7,831 when compared with the annual per capita income for an employed Arizona dropout.”

Education Watch State Report: Arizona
The Education Trust, April 2009

A recent overview of the state’s student population, the levels of achievement in reading and mathematics, and high school and college graduation rates.

Robert M. Bracker Elementary, Nogales
US Department of Education – Blue Ribbon Arizona School 2007

An examination of one Nogales school which has registered notable gains in academic performance.

A Most Excellent Existing Program:  First Robotics
First Lego League programs currently exist in schools across our state.  The program epitomizes ’21st century learning’ – combining critical thinking skills, science, math, technology, team work and hands-on learning into a comprehensive and fun experience.  Please take a moment to see what the students of Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix accomplished this year as the winners of the 2008 FIRST Robotics Chairman’s Award:

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