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.
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.
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.
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.
|2009-2010 School Performance Ratings by Type of School|
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