AZ Achievement Profiles Show Top Schools Suffering From Budget Cuts

An analysis by the Arizona Education Network of the Arizona Learns 2009-2010 Achievement Profiles for All Schools published by the Arizona Department of Education shows a significant decrease in the number of excelling schools in Arizona.  In 2008-2009 there were 321 traditional schools and 74 charter schools excelling in the state.  In 2009-2010 the number of excelling school dropped to 221 traditional and 51 charter.

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While changes to the AIMS test may explain part of the difference, it is likely that three years of significant cuts to school funding, including the elimination of many gifted programs, is now affecting our best schools.

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In addition, the analysis shows that traditional public schools, once again, performed better than charter schools over the same period. To see last year’s results, click here.

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The 2009-2010 report lists the performance results of 492 charter schools and 1451 non-charter, traditional public schools. Breakdowns of the schools’ performance ratings are as follows.

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2009-2010 School Performance Ratings by Type of School
Number Percent
Rating Traditional Charter Traditional Charter
Excelling 221 51 15.23% 10.37%
Highly Performing 193 49 13.30% 9.96%
Performing Plus 586 121 40.39% 24.59%
Performing 389 234 26.81% 47.56%
Underperforming 54 35 3.72% 7.11%
Failing: 8 2 .55% .41%

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